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Cobalt: The New Conflict Mineral?

The Washington Post’s latest story exposes the often dangerous conditions faced by African workers in cobalt mines, adding to the increasing worldwide attention paid to human rights issues in global supply chains and raw material sourcing. Cobalt is highly valued as a...

Graphite: The Newest Mineral Under Public Scrutiny

The electronic and automotive industries are facing increased scrutiny as environmental and ethical concerns regarding graphite productions grow. Already under pressure to determine “conflict-free” Tin, Tungsten, Tantalum and Gold (3TG) sources under the US federal...

Conflict Minerals Requirements and Government Contracts

The compliance net is much larger than perceived. Take conflict minerals, for example. When it comes to conflict minerals and federal reporting requirements, suppliers and their customers are increasingly recognizing that the breadth and scope of their compliance...

Why executives are embracing supply chain transparency

With the effects of the 2008 global crisis still being felt in industries the world over, supply chain uncertainty remains a hot-button issue. A recent McKinsey survey reported that 68 percent of global executives say supply chain risk will increase in the coming five...

Ethical Food Supply Chains a Growing Consumer Priority

Pressure from consumers on supply chain management is growing, as recent reports detail an increased interest in sustainable and ethical sourcing and supply. Research from Globescan focusing on U.K. shoppers revealed a strong preference that food companies and the...