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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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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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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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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. Read our blog to 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 >>

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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BENNY Award

RSN wins People’s Choice BENNY award for advancement of corporate ethics!

Responsible Sourcing Network is proud to announce we have won a BENNY award for outstanding contribution to advancement of corporate ethics! We share with other groups a People’s Choice award for our work to stop forced child labor in Uzbekistan’s cotton industry. Come celebrate with us! Thurs. Dec. 19, 5 to 6:30pm PST, at the Sierra Club’s Yosemite Room in downtown San Francisco.

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On human rights day, investors affirm responsibility of business to safeguard human rights in global supply chains

On human rights day, investors affirm responsibility of business to safeguard human rights in global supply chains

In commemoration of Human Rights Day 2013, today members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, a coalition of faith-based and socially responsible investors, announced that they would begin a month-long campaign in January to urge fifteen companies in the food-agricultural and hospitality sectors to implement policies that will prevent human rights abuses in their global supply chains.

The investors recently published a Statement of Principles and Recommended Practices for Confronting Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery, a report which forms the basis of all their dialogues with companies on human rights issues. See Statement >>

 

136 International Brands Valued at Over $1 Trillion Sign Pledge Against Forced Labor in Uzbek Cotton Fields

IKEA, Marks & Spencer and Other Apparel Brands Join Coalition for Responsible Sourcing.  Read blog >>