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Apple, Intel And Source Intelligence Commited To Conflict-Free Mineral Sourcing

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February 14, 2014. Cupertino, CA. based Apple Inc. added momentum to the rapidly changing landscape of ethical sourcing in manufacturing.  The company announced that its suppliers of tantalum have been verified as “conflict free”.  In their 2014 Supplier Responsibility Report, Apple boldly makes public the names of suppliers who have not agreed to be audited for verification.

Apple's Call of Action for Suppliers Sourcing Conflict Minerals

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On Wednesday Apple announced that they will no longer be sourcing Tantalum from regions of conflict. The electronic tycoon asserted that their Tantalum suppliers are free of Conflict Minerals and that they will be announcing fellow suppliers who have not yet engaged in their due diligence to become conflict-free. Apple was previously scrutinized for their partnership with supplier Foxconn and the horrid working conditions for factory employees. Since then the mega brand has featured due diligence in maintaining and preventing better working conditions in their factories.

First of its Kind: Conflict Minerals Report

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February 15, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Stakeholders in the ecosystem of supply chain and regulated materials compliance will be surprised to see the similarities and differences of program progress and supplier profiles across industries.

This benchmarking study will present ACTUAL data, aggregated by industry, to provide insights on:

Human Rights Abuses Drive Turkmenistan Cotton

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Much like the highly publicized cotton harvest in Uzbekistan, thousands of citizens in Turkmenistan are forced into the cotton fields each autumn against their will.  Forced labor is still widely practiced throughout the country, with tens of thousands of Turkmen, many public sector employees, required to enter the fields during the harvest.

Source Intelligence Launches its 4th Newsletter

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In response to requests for a single source "news alert" on key events in supply chain and regulated materials compliance, Source Intelligence is pleased to introduce "From The Source," a direct mail and web-based newsletter written to keep you informed at a glance.

2014 promises to be an exciting year as the theme of "transparency" and the impact of technology continue to transform the delivery chain of products, impacting every player up and down stream.

Employee Engagement: From Buzzwords to Business Goal

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Register Now! April 3-4, 2014 for the Charities@Work 13th Annual Best Practices Summit on Employee Engagement in Corporate Citizenship.

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Congo Conflict

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Armed militia, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, breach Human Rights and monopolize the regions for Conflict Minerals, often referred to as the “3TG’s”: tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold. Citizens face sexual terrorism, genocides and human slavery to mine these black market minerals. The crusade in the Congo has reached over 5.4 million civil deaths, quadrupling more deaths than any Historical American War combined, leaving a devastating aftermath in the eastern provinces of Africa.

Fresh Conflict Minerals Report

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February 12, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Stakeholders in the ecosystem of supply chain and regulated materials compliance will be surprised to see the similarities and differences of program progress and supplier profiles across industries.

This benchmarking study will present ACTUAL data, aggregated by industry, to provide insights on:

Conflict Minerals Initiative

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The Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI) made a major accomplishment in its mission to fight the war on minerals deriving from human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In the initiatives five year history, it has put forth hard work and effort to mitigate the consumption of raw materials being mined in the atrocities warfare in the Congo. Over 120 companies have worked with the program in hopes of gaining a transparent supply chain and partaking in international due diligence.  

South Sudan Terrorism Stirs Massive Refuge

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South Sudan has been the target of guerilla warfare and its brutality reveals itself in devastating numbers. Nearly a million civilians have taken refuge to flee the corruption and thousands have died in the crossfire of gruesome militia tactics. Since December 15 within the country’s region, 723,000 people have been displaced and over 100,000 have fled to neighboring countries trying to escape the violence. What initially began as a political accusation between South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir and his prior representative Riek Macha turned into an ungovernable attack.

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