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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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Beauty companies and the struggle to source child labour-free mica

Beauty companies and the struggle to source child labour-free mica | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

More than a decade after cosmetics suppliers were alerted to its existence, child labour remains prevalent in mica mining in the two states of Jharkand and Bihar, responsible for around 25% of the world’s production. Up to 20,000 children are estimated to work in the mines, around 90% of which are illegal, according to a recent report by NGOs Terre des Hommes and SOMO.

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Great to see two of our clients, L'Oréal and Merck, taking actions and making commitments to help eradicate child labour in mica mines and from their supply chain.

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EU Reaches Landmark Agreement on Conflict Minerals Regulation 

EU Reaches Landmark Agreement on Conflict Minerals Regulation  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The Regulation, as agreed by the EU Institutions, is set to ensure sustainable sourcing for more than 95% of all EU imports of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold, which will be covered by due diligence provisions as of 1 January 2021.  
In the meantime, the Commission and Member States will work to make sure that the necessary structures are in place to ensure EU-wide implementation.

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Measures to provide support for importers, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, will be deployed. Are you ready to comply to this new regulation?

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Place innovation at the core of supply chain management, says Mars

Place innovation at the core of supply chain management, says Mars | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Last year, Mars and Danone announced their intentions to invest €50m each into the Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming Scheme aimed at increasing the productivity of smallholder farmers to prioritise key crops including cocoa, sugar and palm oil across 40 projects worldwide.
The partnership reflects an increasing willingness from global food and beverage firms to drive positive change in sustainable sourcing, with both Nestle and Mondelez recently displaying strong commitments to supply chain transparency.

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Big multinational Mars is placing innovation at the heart of their supply chain through R&D, investment and training; it's only a matter of time before others follow the lead

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