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For years, I and my colleagues at the Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN) have been talking about the forced labor conditions of children and adults in the Central Asian country of Uzbekistan, where students could be expelled and nurses or teachers lose their jobs by their government if they don’t toil in the cotton fields doing backbreaking work every fall.
DID YOU KNOW? The cell phone in your pocket or laptop you may be reading this on could contain minerals used to fund militia groups and war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The conflict is ongoing and only last week, American UN researcher Michael Sharp, his Swedish colleague, and their interpreter were all found murdered.
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.
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.