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UN goals spur Asian companies to alter buying habits

Development targets push many groups to more eco-friendly procurement

Japanese cedars in Iwate Prefecture: Making wood flooring from cedars grown in forests certified by the Forest Stewardship Council is one path to sustainable procurement. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

TOKYO -- United Nations targets are changing the way Asian companies procure their raw materials, forcing them to consider the costs, and benefits, of creating a sustainable world.

The organization's Sustainable Development Goals are a 17-point global call to action aimed at addressing problems that have been neglected in the pursuit of profits, including deforestation, child labor and exploitation of fishery resources.

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