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Responsible Minerals Initiative Releases Blockchain Guidelines to Drive Alignment in Mineral Supply Chain Due Diligence

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ALEXANDRIA, Va., December 12, 2018 /3BL Media/ – The Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI), a coalition of leading companies dedicated to improving the security and human rights conditions in their mineral supply chains, today announced voluntary guidelines to drive the common adoption of definitions and concepts in the application of blockchain-enabled solutions.

Last Day for Early Pricing on 2018 IMDS Conference! (Plus Get Free IMDS Training With Your Registration!)

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How do you design for environmental compliance? To learn the answers, plan to attend the 2018 IMDS & Product Chemical Compliance Conference on September 26–27, 2018, at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. Early registration ends Thursday, July 26, so register today to save!

AIAG Offers Free Conflict Minerals Web Training Videos

Eight videos cover everything from intro and importance to reporting
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Whether you’re new to the issue, or the go-to person in your organization for conflict minerals reporting, AIAG’s new web training videos* are for you!

Cobalt, Lithium-ion Batteries and Social Sustainability

By Evan Leon, MBA/MS Candidate 2020 Erb Institute | Business for Sustainability
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Cobalt is key in emerging low-carbon technologies, specifically lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles. It forms part of the cathode active material (for example, lithium cobalt oxide, LiCoO2) that receives positively charged lithium ions during the battery’s discharge (see image on upper-right). (Source: https://sites.psu.edu/hjoisrclbl )

RMI and GRI Partner to Enhance Reporting on Responsible Minerals Sourcing from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas

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ALEXANDRIA, Va./AMSTERDAM, April 10, 2018 /3BL Media/ – The Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) today announced a project to help improve companies’ minerals sourcing due diligence and impact reporting by providing reporting resources and tools based on internationally recognized frameworks.

Technology Companies, China Pledge to Stop Human Rights Abuses in Cobalt Mining

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Weeks after an investigative news article detailed the extent of child labor and forced labor being used to mine cobalt – a critical ingredient in widely used batteries for cars and electronic equipment – major technology companies and industry groups are launching initiatives to stop the practice.

Source Intelligence Working with CFSI for More Ethical Sourcing Solutions

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Source Intelligence, the first vendor member of the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI), is quickly working with the organization to further enhance and expand solutions for global businesses concerned about removing all known and potential conflict minerals in their supply chains.

NGOs Shifting Focus to Electric Cars in Cobalt Disclosure Debate

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Fresh from a lengthy investigative article by the Washington Post and increased  international attention to cobalt, Amnesty International announced it is calling on electric car manufacturers to be more transparent about this key ingredient in their vehicles and its possible connections to modern-day slavery and child labor.

Cobalt: The New Conflict Mineral?

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The Washington Post’s latest story exposes the often dangerous conditions faced by African workers in cobalt mines, adding to the increasing worldwide attention paid to human rights issues in global supply chains and raw material sourcing.

3TG is Just the Starting Point for Supply Chain Investigation

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Cobalt is a mineral that leads to human rights violations in the Congo, but is not one of the minerals included in the Dodd-Frank Section 1502 Conflict Minerals Rule. Cobalt is an example of why 3TG should just be a starting-off point for companies investigating their supply chains, which can help uncover potential areas of risk and instances of unethical sourcing

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Cobalt is a mineral that leads to human rights violations in the Congo, but is not one of the minerals included in the Dodd-Frank Section 1502 Conflict Minerals Rule. Cobalt is an example of why 3TG should just be a starting-off point for companies investigating their supply chains, which can help uncover potential areas of risk and instances of unethical sourcing

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