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The 6th Joint Audit Cooperation Corporate Social Responsibility Forum – 11th January 2017

The 6th Joint Audit Cooperation Corporate Social Responsibility Forum – 11th January 2017 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The Joint Audit Cooperation held its sixth corporate and social responsibility forum bringing together with 133 representatives from large ICT companies, i.e. telecom operators and equipment manufacturers, organizations active in Corporate Social Responsibility issues (CSR), academia, auditing companies, International NGOs to further develop sustainable business practices.
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Great output form the forum!

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Samsung and Panasonic accused over supply chain labour abuses in Malaysia

Samsung and Panasonic accused over supply chain labour abuses in Malaysia | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The men said they had been deceived about pay, had their passports confiscated and had been told that they must pay large fines if they wanted to return to Nepal before the end of their contract. They also claimed they were forced to work for up to 14 hours on their feet without adequate rest, and with restricted toilet breaks, in an attempt to settle recruitment fees of up to £1,000 – they said they had to pay this money to secure their jobs
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These allegations have led Samsung and Panasonic to open investigations into the conduct of their suppliers; are you waiting for allegations to ensure that your supply chain is clean from labour abuses?

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China's New 'Cybersecurity' Rules Look Like Cyberprotectionism Instead

China's New 'Cybersecurity' Rules Look Like Cyberprotectionism Instead | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Chinese telecommunication sector is fully integrated into the global supply chain. Among the multinational companies supplied by Chinese telecoms are Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson, who both produce and sell in the U.S. market. As a result, it is practically impossible to turn away from “Made in China” products. Rather than officially boycott Chinese telecom products or engage in protectionism, the United States could mitigate security threats by adopting an inspection system similar to the United Kingdom’s.
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Several Chinese cybersecurity-related laws are criticized for protectionism; what do you think?

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Inside Samsung’s Vietnam factory for 'explosive' Galaxy Note 7

Inside Samsung’s Vietnam factory for 'explosive' Galaxy Note 7 | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Nearly 50,000 workers from some of Vietnam's poorest towns and villages work up to 12 hours a day in the vast Samsung complex built amid farmland with one of Southeast Asia's cheapest labour markets.
And while Samsung insists it will not axe jobs in Vietnam this year because of the scandal, workers in the battery factory within the complex say the company has already started temporary lay-offs.

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No company would want to face this type of scandal and view it's share price hit particularly badly. How are you ensuring that your supply chain is clean?

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UN News - On World Telecommunication Day, UN hails role of IT in sustainable development

UN News - On World Telecommunication Day, UN hails role of IT in sustainable development | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Urging governments, businesses and civil society leaders to develop new technologies that have a lasting social impact in his message for the Day, the UN chief highlighted that the 17 Sustainable Development Goals specifically call for employing information and communication technology (ICT) to realize the overall vision of a life of dignity for all people. 
“These technologies provide smart solutions to address climate change, hunger, poverty and other global challenges,” the Secretary-General said. “They are key instruments for providing mobile health care and access to education, empowering women, improving efficiencies in industrial and agricultural production, and safeguarding the environment.”

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UN-Secretary General Ban Ki-moon calls us to harness the power of technology to create a better future for all. How are you addressing this in your business?

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ICT for sustainability: from the supply chain to the chip

The impact of ICT on carbon emissions including their manufacture, transport and disposal, is expected to grow from 2% of total emissions today to at least the 3% in 2020. The biggest contributor to the increase of ICT emissions is the proliferation of data centres. However, with proper focus and investments, ICT technologies will be able to eliminate more emissions than they will possibly create.
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Enterprises and society are seeking new ways to tackle the problem of carbon emissions; how are you dealing with that?

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ANALYSIS: DRC uncertainty could fuel tighter cobalt regulations - African Business Magazine

ANALYSIS: DRC uncertainty could fuel tighter cobalt regulations - African Business Magazine | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The deteriorating political situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is likely to fuel stricter regulations on the supply chains of cobalt from the country. The precious mineral is used in the manufacturing of phones, electric cars and laptops. International regulators have recently called for further scrutiny into the supply chain of DRC-sourced cobalt, and this demand is likely to grow louder due to the worsening political situation in the country.

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While big companies such as Apple are pushing their due diligence across their supply chains, many others still find this as a daunting process. How are you dealing with that in your supply chain?

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Business Leaders World-Wide Agree that Disruptive Technologies Can Drive Corporate Sustainability Efforts

Business Leaders World-Wide Agree that Disruptive Technologies Can Drive Corporate Sustainability Efforts | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Disruptive technologies and digital infrastructure have the potential to solve some of the world’s most pressing risks and to transform industries. These include safeguarding the planet's soil and water, and improving inequality and education.
This is the main conclusion of the 2017 Global Opportunity Report, released by DNV GL, Sustainia and the United Nations Global Compact. The report also demonstrates the commitment of the global business community towards taking action on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 agenda.

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Explore the report to learn how disruptive tech is driving corporate sustainability globally

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Samsung raided in political corruption probe - BBC News

Samsung raided in political corruption probe - BBC News | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
In this latest twist of the scandal that's been rocking South Korea for weeks, prosecutors are investigating allegations that Samsung might have provided €2.8m euros ($3.1m, £2.5m) to a company co-owned by Ms Choi and her daughter, to bankroll the daughter's equestrian training in Germany.
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Allegations of this type can create damage to your company's image; how are you protecting your brand?

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State Department signals interest in how tech companies address abuses in cobalt supply chain

State Department signals interest in how tech companies address abuses in cobalt supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The attention from State comes as industry groups have recently launched two initiatives aimed at curbing child labor and other dangerous practices in their cobalt supply chains. Cobalt is essential for the lithium-ion batteries used in smartphones, laptops and electric vehicles. Sixty percent of the world’s supply of cobalt comes from Congo, which has a long history of loose regulation of mines.
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Great to see that the U.S. government is taking an increased interest in how American technology companies plan to address human rights abuses

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Is your phone conflict free? If it's from Apple or Samsung, no, says Amnesty International

Is your phone conflict free? If it's from Apple or Samsung, no, says Amnesty International | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Conditions in the mines are rarely safe, and Amnesty International reports that most miners work without essential protective gear, such as gloves, work clothes, or face masks to protect their skin and lungs from disease. The organization says at least 80 miners died in the DRC between September 2014 and December 2015, and many more become ill from working in the poor conditions.
To make matters worse, many of the miners Amnesty International interviewed were children who said they worked for 12 hours a day to earn a mere dollar or two. UNICEF says that approximately 40,000 children worked in mines in the DRC in 2014, and that the majority of them were mining cobalt.

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Millions of people enjoy the benefits of new technologies but rarely ask how they are made. Are you sure that your mobile phone is free from conflict minerals?

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ICT Can Have a Huge Impact in Reducing Carbon Emissions 

ICT Can Have a Huge Impact in Reducing Carbon Emissions  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Information and communications technology, or ICT, can potentially save 1.5 GT of CO2e in the year 2030. That’s fully 2.7 times greater than the full carbon emissions of the UK in 2012, and 37% of the EU’s 2012 emissions. Of course, we know that all those server farms and cell towers use a lot of energy themselves, but according to the report, the ICT emissions overhead is only about 5.3%.

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Can ICT help in reducing carbon emissions, share your thoughts.

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Will Corporate Responsibility Continue Under Trump

Will Corporate Responsibility Continue Under Trump | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Sept. 12, 2012, saw the unveiling of three radical new designs with world-changing potential: the iPhone 5 and the Dodd-Frank Act's rules on human rights.
Although the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act is best known for regulating banks, Congress slipped in two novel sections that use informational regulation to deter U.S. companies from fueling war and corruption overseas. Section 1502 forces certain industries (including phone makers and retailers) to identify Congolese conflict minerals in their supply chain. Section 1504 forces oil, gas and mining firms to publicly report the payments they make to dodgy governments around the world.
Like the iPhone 5, both rules encountered early glitches, then fulfilled their innovative potential before being surpassed by improved versions.
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Can international transparency survive a period of national opacity?

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Many Industry Sectors Unprepared for Conflict Minerals Rule

Many Industry Sectors Unprepared for Conflict Minerals Rule | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A report from the Responsible Sourcing Network finds that leading companies in the information and communications industry have undertaken initiatives to ensure that their supply chains are free of conflict minerals, but few other industry sectors have done so.

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This article from Social Funds highlights discrepancies between sectors in implementing due diligence mechanims on conflict minerals. While ICT companies are frontrunners, laggards include companies from the Automotive, Aerospace & Defence & jewelry. RSN January 2013 report can be found here.

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