Press Releases and Media Highlights



March 16, 2017 – Forced labour still picks Uzbek’s cottonInnovation Forum 

Patricia Jurewicz is director of Responsible Sourcing Network, which hosts the Cotton Pledge, a commitment to not knowingly source Uzbek cotton harvested by forced labour. She says it doesn’t matter if the person being pulled out of school or work is over or under 15 years old. “Any type of forced labour is still modern slavery. If the workers are not voluntarily choosing to do a job, they are being forced to work, which is inexcusable exploitation.”

March 01, 2017 – Drapers Textiles Report: What is driving textiles pricing? - Drapers

Uzbekistan is the fifth-largest exporter of cotton worldwide, but The Cotton Campaign, Responsible Sourcing Network and other watchdogs have long claimed that its government uses forced child and adult labour on an industry-wide scale.

February 14, 2017 – Can going green help pick the slavery out of cotton?Eco-Business

“There are improvements little by little and the most where brands get involved in production as they don’t want to be linked to abuse,” [Patricia Jurewicz] said. “But there’s a long way to go”.

September 1, 2016 – PRESS RELEASE: YESS: Yarn Ethically & Sustainably Sourced

"Although many of our corporate Cotton Pledge signatories know that this is a vulnerable spot in their supply chains, they haven’t known how to address the problem."


October 12, 2017  –  PRESS RELEASE: Newest Mining the Disclosures 2017 Report Released by Responsible Sourcing Network Shows Widespread Due Diligence Shortfalls from Consumer Brands – Source Intelligence, Ropes & Gray, CFSI, As You Sow, and Responsible Sourcing Network

“We’re disappointed to see so many companies simply ticking a compliance box, rather than engaging in genuine risk reduction. Investors should be concerned when nominal attention is paid to a critical issue – other corporate core business efforts could be just as weak. Laggard companies should emulate proactive due diligence strategies from the Technology sector.” – Patricia Jurewicz, Director, Responsible Sourcing Network


March 07, 2017 – PRESS RELEASE: Investors Urge the US Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) and Administration to Continue Robust Implementation of Dodd-Frank (Section 1502) Conflict Minerals RuleBoston Common Asset Management and Responsible Sourcing Network

"Mandatory disclosure legislation is imperative to maintain. It has been the driving force for the momentum and action by corporations to research their supply chains, be transparent about their actions, and be responsible to the communities that deserve to prosper from the electronics craze sweeping across the world." – Patricia Jurewicz, Director, Responsible Sourcing Network


April 13, 2017 – Apple, Intel Carry on as SEC Relaxes Conflict Minerals Scrutiny Bloomberg BNA

“We’ll continue to call for transparency on this issue and call out companies who roll back their own reporting just because the SEC isn’t asking for it,” said Patricia Jurewicz, director of the Responsible Sourcing Network, which ranks companies each year based on their reporting.


April 4, 2017 – OP-ED: Repeal and Replacement of Conflict Minerals Rule 1502 Undermines Peace and Stability in the CongoHuffington Post  Co-authored by Lauren Compere and Patricia Jurewicz

Not only does [1502] support companies and investors by creating a level playing field to compare company actions, such as in RSN’s Mining the Disclosures reports, but it also helps minimize violence and despair.


February 22, 2017 – Investors with $3trn sign up to defend SEC conflict minerals ruleResponsible Investor

Responsible Sourcing Network is a lead investor signatory (on the letter submitted to the SEC).                    


February 10, 2017 – Conflict Minerals Latest Disclosure Rule Targeted for RollbackBloomberg BNA

Rebels are still profiting from gold mining in the region, the U.N. Security Council said in June. Some companies, including Exxon Mobil Corp. and Owens Corning, are also telling suppliers not to source from the region at all, effectively creating an embargo, according to the Responsible Sourcing Network.


February 02, 2017 – SEC to ‘Reconsider’ Conflict Minerals ReportingBloomberg BNA

“Given the global market available to companies today, if they don’t have to abide by something in this country, they’re likely to abide by something in another country,” Patricia Jurewicz, director of the Responsible Sourcing Network, told Bloomberg BNA.


January 02, 2017 – Is a Tesla really ethical? Company won’t say how its batteries aren’t taintedAustralian Financial Review   Originally published in The Washington Post, December 30, 2016.

"Most consumers have an expectation that their products are sourced responsibly," said Patricia Jurewicz, director of the Responsible Sourcing Network, a group that seeks to correct human rights abuses in the way raw materials are harvested and mined… “It’s important for companies to demonstrate what they’re doing and go beyond a mere verbal commitment,”