As we gather to celebrate our hopes for a prosperous, peaceful 2017, many people in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) remain at the mercy of violent conflict. Far too often, mineral extraction is linked to violence in the DRC and other parts of the world. Yet the power to drive change is in your hands.
Companies, consultants, and human rights advocates are actively using the thought leadership and accountability in Mining the Disclosures, an annual evaluation of conflict minerals disclosure from Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN). Mining the Disclosures has been used in an array of academic, political, and economic investor analyses of how human rights performance can be measured.
Announcing our NEW initiative! YESS strives to tackle the issue of forced labor in cotton and yarn production. It targets the most opaque place in the supply chain, where yarn spinners blend different types of cotton together. Yarn spinners are the key to knowing if the cotton that gets spun and woven into our clothes was harvested under forced labor conditions. In addition, there are tens of thousands of young women who are kept as bonded laborers in spinning mills every day.
Section 1502 of the Dodd Frank Act, has helped to shed light on global supply chains, helping investors understand whether their investments are fueling human rights abuse in the DRC. Now is NOT the time to defund the conflict minerals rule, but to build on it. We must tell members of Congress who want to defund Section 1502: We want to go forward, not backward.
The Body Shop, a UK based cosmetic company rooted in the belief that business can be a force for good, is entering the final month of its “Enrich not Exploit” campaign. Until the end of June, The Body Shop is selling a Limited Edition Hemp Hand Protector, where a portion of the proceeds goes toward a cause of your choice, allowing you to enrich the world with your pocketbook.
Earlier this month, Founder and Director of Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN), Patricia Jurewicz, attended the fourth biannual Copenhagen Fashion Summit, a culmination of a week’s worth of panels, meetings, and discussions on sustainable fashion. The Summit, held on May 12th in the beautiful Copenhagen Concert Hall, was organized by the Danish Fashion Institute on behalf of the Nordic Fashion Association under the patronage of HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.
RSN participated in a recent webinar hosted by ethiXbase; RSN, Intel, and GAM discussed some of the obstacles these leading companies have overcome on their path to conflict-free, and how they strengthened relationships with key actors in the supply chain.
With spring comes new life, and this spring brings awareness of the many lives affected every day by the materials we use. Woolworths Holdings is not letting grass grow under its feet when it comes to forced labor in Uzbekistan.
Generation Freedom is a campaign RSN joined to collect signatures and send a message to our presidential candidates that freedom is a priority and it is time to end human trafficking. The next President of the United States has an historic opportunity to use the power of the Oval Office to help eradicate modern slavery here at home and around the world.
The OECD just released a draft of its Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector. It is open for public consultation through March 7, 2016.
RSN Director frequently presents in public events to assist stakeholders to understand new anti-slavery legislation, guidance documents, technologies, and benchmarks. So far in 2016 she has presented in a webinar and an in-person forum in San Francisco; with more events planned.
Intel has taken a harder but more responsible route with its conflict minerals activities. It is one of the few companies linking its risk mitigation efforts to outcomes in DRC mining communities, which earned it a top-rank in RSN’s Mining the Disclosures 2016.
RSN would like to commend BJ’s Wholesale Club for signing our Cotton Pledge and making its commitment public via a press release and directly informing its club members.
The New Year got off to a fantastic start for the Cotton Pledge, because our pledge has made it Down Under! RSN welcomes 2016 with a big g’day to Super Retail Group, David Jones, and other Aussie brands and retailers.
Shopping for that perfect gift? No matter what gift you give or how perfect it may be, check out our ranking of companies that are working to source “conflict-free” from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
We would like to congratulate Costco, the most recent signatory to our Cotton Pledge, for making a commitment against forced labor! With Costco and its brand Kirkland on board, the total number of pledge signatories has surpassed 200!
A study shows that the amount of Uzbek cotton Bangladesh imported in 2014 decreased to 721,086 bales. This makes up only 21% of Bangladesh’s cotton imports, a far cry from the 63% market share Uzbekistan held in 2006.