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Q&A with Patricia Jurewicz

The Sustainable Cotton Forum, 16th-17th March in London, will bring together highly experienced practitioners and key NGOs around a focused agenda, in order to get to the core of the key issues surrounding the cotton supply chain. Responsible Sourcing Network Director Patricia Jurewicz will be speaking at the forum - use the code RSN20 to receive a discount on registration.

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Cotton Sourcing Snapshot: 2015 Addendum

Download Cotton Sourcing Snapshot: 2015 Addendum

In early 2014, RSN published Cotton Sourcing Snapshot, which surveyed 49 home goods and apparel companies and reported on what they were or were not doing to ensure Uzbek cotton picked with forced labor was not in their manufactured products. With new actions taken and additional information provided, the Cotton Sourcing Snapshot: 2015 Addendum offers another look at the companies that previously scored the lowest, including improved scores, trends, and best practices.
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Visionary of the Week: Patricia Jurewicz

Visionary of the Week: Patricia Jurewicz

Responsible Sourcing Network Director Patricia Jurewicz was the Hearts on Fire ‘Visionary of the Week’. Click through to learn more about Patricia, her efforts to end slavery in the global cotton trade, and some steps you can take to make a difference.
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Protests Across DRC Signal Opposition to Kabila’s Continued Rule

Protests Across DRC Signal Opposition to Kabila’s Continued Rule

Citizens took to the streets last week in cities throughout the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in response to proposed changes to the country’s electoral law that would lead to an unconstitutional extension of President Joseph Kabila’s presidency. The protests mark a continuation of the political and social unrest in the African state that often manifests itself surrounding the trade of 3TG conflict minerals—tin, tungsten, tantalum, and gold.
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2015 Conflict-Free Resolutions: Perspectives on the Year Ahead

2015 Conflict-Free Resolutions: Perspectives on the Year Ahead

Intel spoke with industry leaders, student groups, and other advocates to see what they’re planning to do in 2015 to keep consumer products conflict-free. Patricia Jurewicz, Director of Responsible Sourcing Network, offers her resolutions to help rid global supply chains of conflict minerals.
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Conflict Minerals in Your Daily Life

Conflict Minerals in Your Daily Life

Few people fully understand quite how prevalent conflict minerals like tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold actually are in our consumer goods. With this animated video commissioned by Intel and presented by Vice, we hope consumers can become more aware of the connection - and the responsibility - each one of us has to promoting peace and safety across the globe.
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The Conflict Minerals Law: Kickstarting Change in the Congo

This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Huffington Post.

The Conflict Minerals Law: Kickstarting Change in the Congo

Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Consumer Protection and Wall Street Reform Act — “the conflict minerals” clause — has attracted controversy concerning its effects on the ground in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the broader region whose conflicts the law intends to allay. Section 1502 was never intended as a stand-alone policy to bring peace and prosperity to Congo after two decades of conflict. The law has resulted in unintended consequences that must be addressed directly and urgently, yet the law has become a positive catalyst for change in the African Great Lakes. Read about it >>

2014 Uzbekistan Cotton Harvest Audio & Photo Update

2014 Uzbekistan Cotton Harvest Audio & Photo Update

With the 2014 Uzbek Cotton Harvest officially over, activists have begun to analyze the crisis. In this audio recording accompanied by photos from the harvest, Umida Niyazova of the Uzbek-German Forum (UGF), with the support of Matt Fischer-Daly of the Cotton Campaign, conveys data and stories from the 2014 harvest and talks about how it differs from last year. Read about it >>

Jewelry Companies Targeted in New Conflict Gold Campaign

Jewelry Companies Targeted in New Conflict Gold Campaign

As millions of dollars were spent on Black Friday last month by eager shoppers looking for a deal, the Enough Project launched a campaign to urge consumers to look beyond cost when considering their holiday purchases. Read about it >>

RSN Plans Spinner Verification Initiative to Disrupt Flow of Slave Cotton

RSN Plans Spinner Verification Initiative to Disrupt Flow of Slave Cotton

This post originally appeared as part of the As You Sow newsletter.

A new effort from Responsible Sourcing Network to verify spinning mills as being slave-free aims to drive the market away from cotton harvested with forced labor. Currently in the early planning stages, the Spinner Verification initiative will ensure that brands’ and retailers’ policies against forced labor in cotton harvesting are being adhered to by yarn spinners and textile mills. Read about it >>

Walk Free Foundation Estimates 35.8 Million People in Modern Slavery

Walk Free Foundation Estimates 35.8 Million People in Modern Slavery

The Walk Free Foundation has released the 2014 edition of the Global Slavery Index, estimating the number of people in modern slavery in 167 countries. It estimates that 35.8 million people are living in some form of slavery today. This is higher than the previous year’s estimate, which found 29.8 million people in slavery.
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Government of Uzbekistan Increased Forced Labor of Adults in 2014 Cotton Harvest

The Cotton Campaign and the Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights have documented that the government of Uzbekistan used systematic, mass forced labor in the 2014 cotton harvest, which has recently concluded. In addition to coercing millions of people across the country to pick cotton, this forced labor system resulted in institutionalized harassment, extortion, and needless deaths.
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Where is the Tainted Uzbek Cotton Going?

Where is the Tainted Uzbek Cotton Going?

The cotton harvest in Uzbekistan has ended this year, but forced labor orchestrated by the government of its own people is still deeply embedded into its production.
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Canada Fails to Take Action to Reduce Trade in Conflict Minerals

Canada Fails to Take Action to Reduce Trade in Conflict Minerals

On September 24, private members bill C-486 was defeated in Canada’s parliament prohibiting the bill from receiving a second reading and referral. It had the intention of aligning Canada with other ongoing international efforts to reduce the trade in conflict minerals in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and surrounding countries through mineral supply chain due diligence.
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Group of Investors Urge European Union to Adopt Stronger Conflict Minerals Legislation

Group of Investors Urge European Union to Adopt Stronger Conflict Minerals Legislation

Yesterday, global sustainable and responsible investors and investment organisations representing more than €855 billion in assets under management sent a joint statement to the European Commission, the European Parliament, and the European Council, urging EU policy makers to ensure more compatibility between the proposed EU conflict minerals regulation and Dodd-Frank Section 1502. Alignment of the European and U.S. regulations would set a strong unified international standard for conflict minerals due diligence and disclosure.
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Tesco, World’s Second-Largest Retailer, Signs RSN’s Cotton Pledge as Annual Uzbek Cotton Fair Begins

Tesco, World’s Second-Largest Retailer, Signs RSN’s Cotton Pledge as Annual Uzbek Cotton Fair Begins

Tesco has joined the fight against forced labor in Uzbek cotton by signing RSN’s Cotton Pledge. This support comes as the country prepares for the annual International Uzbek Cotton and Textile Fair, scheduled for October 14th and 15th in Tashkent.
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RSN Director Patricia Jurewicz Speaks with Marketplace on Supply Chain Transparency

RSN Director Patricia Jurewicz Speaks with Marketplace on Supply Chain Transparency

If a handbag is stamped “made in Italy,” it may seem safe to assume that it is, well, entirely made in Italy. But it’s not so simple. RSN Director Patricia Jurewicz speaks with Marketplace about the difficulty of determining country of origin in complex supply chains with little transparency.
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RSN Director Patricia Jurewicz Discussing Conflict Minerals with HP’s Jay Celorie

RSN Director Patricia Jurewicz Discussing Conflict Minerals with HP's Jay Celorie

Hosted by the Institute for Supply Management, this podcast on conflict minerals in corporate supply chains features RSN Director Patricia Jurewicz and Jay Celorie, the global program manager for conflict minerals for HP.
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Annual Cotton Harvest with Forced Labor Begins in Uzbekistan

Annual Cotton Harvest with Forced Labor Begins in Uzbekistan

The annual cotton harvest in Uzbekistan has officially begun as of Monday, September 8. Mass mobilization of civilians being forced to pick cotton is expected to begin on September 15.
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Connecting the Dots on Conflict Mineral Disclosures

Connecting the Dots on Conflict Mineral Disclosures

Two months ago, 1,314 conflict mineral reports poured into the SEC. RSN has been working to connect the dots between expectations and results for this historic first round of disclosures.
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Trafficking in Persons Report Keeps Uzbekistan at Lowest Ranking

Trafficking in Persons Report Keeps Uzbekistan at Lowest Ranking

For the second year in a row, Uzbekistan has been placed in the lowest ranking possible in this year’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report released by the United States Department of State. Uzbekistan has not demonstrated to the U.S. government that it is making a significant effort to change its noncompliance with minimum trafficking standards. As a result, it faces possible punishment of sanctions.
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Expectations Shortlist: Company Conflict Mineral Reporting and Activities

With the inaugural round of conflict minerals disclosure reports submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Responsible Sourcing Network and a coalition of NGOs and sustainable and responsible investors have released a list of criteria to assist in evaluating the reports. Expectations Shortlist: Company Conflict Mineral Reporting and Activities features information that stakeholders expect to see in the SEC filings, on the issuers’ websites, or in sustainability reports.
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Investors Applaud Court Decision on Conflict Mineral Reporting

Investors Applaud Court Decision on Conflict Mineral Reporting

This week, the D.C Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request from trade groups to temporarily suspend the SEC conflict minerals rule. Investors welcomed the decision, which leaves in place the requirement that companies complete their conflict minerals due diligence disclosure filings by the June 2nd deadline.
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SEC Confirms that Conflict Minerals Disclosure will Move Forward Despite Court Ruling

In response to the recent uncertainty over the conflict minerals rule, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), released a statement unequivocally defending the integrity of the rule and reinforcing the continued expectation for full company compliance by June 2, 2014.
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Multi-Stakeholder Group Meets with former-Senator Russ Feingold

Multi-Stakeholder Group Meets with former-Senator Russ Feingold

Yesterday, the Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG) Against Conflict Minerals, convened by RSN, had a face-to-face meeting with Special Envoy to the region, Russ Feingold, at his office in Washington D.C.
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SEC Receives First-Ever Conflict Minerals Disclosure

SEC Receives First-Ever Conflict Minerals Disclosure

In a major landmark for conflict minerals disclosure, the SEC received yesterday the first-ever due diligence disclosure report filed in compliance with the Dodd-Frank conflict minerals rule. Learn more >>

One-Year Anniversary of Tragedy at Rana Plaza in Bangladesh

On the one-year anniversary of one of the worse workplace disasters in history, investors are reminding companies of their responsibility to address human rights abuses throughout their supply chains.

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Federal Court’s Decision Allows SEC Conflict Minerals Disclosure Rule to Move Forward - But Investors Voice Concern over Invalidation of Key Requirement

Federal Court's Decision Allows SEC Conflict Minerals Disclosure Rule to Move Forward - But Investors Voice Concern over Invalidation of Key Requirement

Investors have issued a statement regarding the recent court opinion on the SEC 1502 conflict mineral rule. Although there is disappointment with the court’s protection against “compelled speech”, the large majority of the rule is intact and companies are still expected to disclose due diligence reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission by the end of May.

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Proposed EU Conflict Minerals Legislation Fails to Meet Human Rights Expectations

Proposed EU Conflict Minerals Legislation Fails to Meet Human Rights Expectations

On March 4th, after much anticipation, the European Union Commission proposed regulation for responsible minerals trading from conflict zones. While the EU deserves praise for taking definitive action on the issue, the recommended regulation has left campaigners and stakeholders underwhelmed. Advocates and experts say that without significant improvements, the regulation could fail to curb the human rights abuses it was designed to address. Read More >>

Advancing Human Rights through Tech & Innovation at RightsCon

Advancing Human Rights through Tech & Innovation at RightsCon

RSN Research Manager Karen Runde was invited to speak on a panel last week to discuss Supply Chain Transparency and Technology at this year’s RightsCon Silicon Valley Conference held at the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco. Over 700 attendees from more than 65 countries and 375 institutions attended RightsCon, including some of the world’s leading human rights experts, investors, corporate leaders, engineers, activists, and government representatives. Read More >>

Cotton Sourcing Snapshot

Responsible Sourcing Network’s new report Cotton Sourcing Snapshot: A Survey of Corporate Practices to End Forced Labor includes survey results and ratings of 49 companies reflecting actions they are taking to stop cotton from Uzbekistan picked with forced labor from entering their supply chains. The report provides an overview of industry challenges and best practices to give direction for a path forward.
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Intel Commits to Conflict-Free Chips

Intel Commits to Conflict-Free Chips

Responsible Sourcing Network has been working closely with Intel and other industry leaders over the past three years to push for strong conflict mineral legislation and for supply chains to be accountable to human rights atrocities buried in the raw materials of their products. We applaud their achievement of launching the first conflict-free product on the market!

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