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Trump may suspend rules on African ‘conflict minerals,’ say human rights advocates

Trump may suspend rules on African ‘conflict minerals,’ say human rights advocates | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Mr. Trump is considering an already drafted executive order to suspend the minerals rule for two years, which would loosen the rules on the trade of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold from Congo, according to media reports in the United States.
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The conflict mineral law is an important way of stopping horrific human rights abuses in Africa - what will the future be if this law is suspended?

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U.S. Business Leaders Send Open Letter To Trump: 'Don't Abandon Climate Deal'

U.S. Business Leaders Send Open Letter To Trump: 'Don't Abandon Climate Deal' | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

More than 300 U.S. companies, including 72 with annual revenues exceeding $100 million, have sent an open letter to President-elect Donald Trump, urging him not to abandon the Paris climate agreement. The letter calls for Mr. Trump and other American leaders to support three broad actions: 1) Continuation of low-carbon policies; 2) Investment in the low-carbon economy at home and abroad; and 3) Continued U.S. participation in the Paris agreement.

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Great to see such a call from unified businesses!

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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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Donald Trump And The "Made In America" Supply Chain

Donald Trump And The "Made In America" Supply Chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Supply chain executives at companies with global supply chains are paying close attention to what happens surrounding import tariffs and trade rules now that Donald Trump is the President elect.  On the campaign trail Trump promised to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, threatening to impose punitive tariffs on goods imported from Mexico.  Similarly, Mr. Trump threatened to levy punitive duties on goods made in China. Carrier and Ford have already responded by promising to keep more production in the U.S.
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If you are a global manufacturer, how are you responding to this?

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HaydenK's curator insight, March 12, 10:50 PM

3. After the U.S. elections, many companies are paying very close attention to Donald Trump as he looks to renegotiate NAFTA which will greatly impact many companies and their supply chains.  In general, governments have a large influence over companies and their operations.

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