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Government of Uzbekistan Increased Forced Labor of Adults in 2014 Cotton Harvest

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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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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More RSN Updates

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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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 >>

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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