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EU’s International Trade Committee Approves Conflict Minerals Regulation

EU’s International Trade Committee Approves Conflict Minerals Regulation | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

On 24 January 2017, the European’s Parliamentary International Trade Committee (INTA) voted overwhelmingly to support the EU’s conflict minerals proposal.The Regulation sets up a Union system for supply chain due diligence for importers of tin, tantalum and tungsten, their ores, and gold originating in conflict-affected and high-risk areas. The Regulation, if finalized, is expected to become enforceable on 1 January 2021.

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Great to see so such involvement from the EU - looking forward for the regulation to be finalised. 

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100,000 Work-Related Cancer Deaths Each Year, Industry Still Fighting EU On Employee Protection 

100,000 Work-Related Cancer Deaths Each Year, Industry Still Fighting EU On Employee Protection  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

A new report by the Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) has revealed intense lobbying against improved workplace-related cancer protection, despite advancing cancer research and treatments.
In the EU alone, over 100,000 people a year die due to insufficient protection against cancer-causing substances in the workplace, making the industries’ fight against stricter EU regulation of these carcinogens a severe threat to public health.

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European Parliament is now starting discussions on amending the Commission proposal for better working conditions.

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European Union Considers Implementing Conflict Minerals Regulation

European Union Considers Implementing Conflict Minerals Regulation | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The European Union (EU) will begin discussions on whether to develop a conflict minerals-type regulation during a December 5, 2012 internal workshop. DG Trade is leading this effort and has request input from industry, academia, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs)....
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As a ripple effect of the Conflict Minerals Act of 2009 passed in the U.S., possible regulations are likely to have significant impacts for European companies in terms of supply chain disclosure and accountability, due-diligence mechanisms.

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EU needs to shut all coal plants by 2030, or will vastly overshoot Paris Agreement

EU needs to shut all coal plants by 2030, or will vastly overshoot Paris Agreement | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Climate Analytics has calculated that to stay within the Paris Agreement’s long term temperature limits of “well below” 2˚C and “pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C,” the EU’s C02 emissions budget for coal in the power sector is around 6.5Gt by 2050. The EU will exceed its Paris Agreement-compatible coal emissions budget by 85% if its existing coal-fired power plants continue operating to their full lifespan.
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The report  by Climate Analytics sets out the first science-based analysis of when and where each of EU’s 300+ coal power plants would need to be phased out.

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Conflict Minerals Filings and the Automotive Industry

Based on discussions held at the briefing, it was apparent that regardless of any potential conflict minerals regulatory (Dodd-Frank 1502) changes, the need for supply chain transparency is not going away. However, this desire for improved corporate social responsibility will not come without challenges. As new regulations emerge around the globe – including conflict minerals reporting in the European Union, and consumer and investor demands grow louder, the temptation increases for some within the vast supply chain to hide or manipulate information. So, compliance work is quickly becoming a part of comprehensive ethical sourcing programs.
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Supply chain transparency is progressing at a rapid pace same as government regulations; are you ensuring transparency in your supply chain?

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