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OECD Guidelines for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector

OECD Guidelines for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The OECD has developed a Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector. This Guidance, developed through an intense multi-stakeholder process, supports a common understanding of due diligence and responsible supply chain management in the sector. 
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This guidance aims to help enterprises implement the due diligence recommendations contained in the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

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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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Human Rights on the Pharma Risk Management Agenda

The results of the Human Rights Due Diligence Study by the British Institute of International & Comparative Law (BIICL) and the global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright, launched last month, showed that many of the companies surveyed from the pharmaceutical industry had conducted a human rights due diligence process or human rights impact assessment. In fact, Pharma was the second highest result by industry sector across the whole survey of 152 multi-national organizations.
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Pharmaceutical companies are quite ahead in their respect for Human Rights, how advanced is your company in the matter?

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Massachusetts considers reviewing purchasing policies related to Congo 'conflict minerals'

Massachusetts considers reviewing purchasing policies related to Congo 'conflict minerals' | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The United Nations has declared that companies or individuals who buy minerals from Congo must ensure they are not helping illegal armed groups in order to avoid violating international sanctions. A U.S. law requires that any organization that must file with the Securities Exchange Commission take due diligence to ensure that any minerals purchased from Congo were properly sourced.
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New bill requiring administration to review procurement policies

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EU Reaches Deal Aimed at Sustainable Mineral, Metal Supply Chains 

Last week, the EU institutions reached an agreement on new legislation directed at ensuring that minerals and metals entering the 28-nation bloc are transparently and responsibly sourced and do not play a role in financing human rights abuses and conflict in high-risk areas.
The regulation establishes due diligence provisions for sustainable sourcing practices as of 1 January 2021, covering 95 percent of EU imports of tin, tungsten, tantalum, and gold, commonly used in electronics, jewellery, packaging, cars, and construction.

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EU agrees to compulsory checks on conflict mineral imports; are you already doing that on your imports?

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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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