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In support of goal 5, XpertHR have recorded a webinar that discusses the main findings of the UK Gender Pay Gap Reports, which companies with more than 250 employees 250 employees are expected to produce.
The #MeToo and #Time’sUp movements are bringing more focus to the issue of equal pay for women causing employers to take gender pay equity more seriously, with some reporting success. This Blog relates to Goal 5, discussing gender equality.
With increasing pressure on chemical solutions to pests and diseases from the public, and growing resistance from plants as well as the risk to bees and other beneficial insects, farmers urgently need viable alternatives. Farmers Weekly talked to a UK farmer who is relying on biological controls to keep his oilseed rape healthy and yields profitable. This helps support SDG 12 - responsible consumption and production.
Elsevier,

Sustainable Materials and Technologies Volume 15, April 2018, Pages 9-18

In reference to Goal 12, this article reviews the industry activities, policy initiatives and research projects aiming to secure an adequate supply of raw materials that have recently been initiated in Europe.
A drone's eye view of a root crop planter, pulled by a tractor as it works in the field
This article explores how innovations can be used to advance goals 2 (zero hunger) and 12 (sustainable consumption and production). Nematicides - products for controlling soil-borne pests in root crops - are under threat of further regulation or withdrawal due to their toxicity. The Nematicide Stewardship Programme is demonstrating they can be used responsibly and safely to ensure their approval is maintained. But one farmer has taken it a step further by using technology to ensure his nematicide is applied accurately.
The deadline for employers to report their gender pay gaps passed at midnight on 4 April. At that point, 10,016 organisations had uploaded their data to the government's gender pay gap reporting website.
Older adults are at increased risk of malnutrition compared to their younger counterparts. This article contributes to SDG 3 by reviewing the reported validity of existing malnutrition screening tools used in older adults.
Elsevier,

Sustainable Materials and Technologies, Volume 15, April 2018, Pages 9-18

This article contributes to SDGs 9 and 12 by reviewing efforts in Europe to secure an adequate supply of raw materials and meet the objectives of the Raw Materials Initiative, as well as the more general goals of sustainability.
Elsevier,

Sustainable Materials and Technologies, Volume 15, April 2018, Pages 19-26.

Advancing goal 9, this paper reviews critical materials designations from the United States Department of Energy, the European Union, and the General Electric Company, and how they have changed over the period from 2008 to 2014.
Plastics recycling - PET Recycling bag
Supporting Goal 12. Higher plastics recycling targets in the EU do not necessarily have to be detrimental to EU polymers producers, who will find new business opportunities in the recycling industry. EU countries will need to improve their recycling systems in order to achieve a more unified approach.

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