Transparency is not just a term du jour. It is a concept that when implemented effectively can have significant impacts on human rights.

A couple of years ago I was privileged to join the rest of the Source Intelligence family and watch a screening of When Elephants Fight and participate in a dialogue with Mr. Garrett Moore, Campaign Manager at Stand with Congo.  I was reminded strikingly, vividly and fervently, why I believe so strongly in what we do.

There’s a Congolese saying in the movie, “When elephants fight, it’s the grass that suffers.”

When the strong and powerful fight, it’s the weak and underprivileged who suffer. The really sad thing is that it doesn’t even matter whether the strong win or lose, the weak still suffer.

Think about it.

Tracing the origin of raw materials in your products. Verifying working conditions within your supply chain beyond direct suppliers.

Whether or not you are required to do so by the government or a customer. Challenging? Sure. Feasible? Absolutely. Transparency should be a de facto operating condition.

Demand it.

Let’s change how we think.

“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” Einstein said that. Once we change how we think, we can change the conversation. Ask the difficult questions, gather intel and act on it.

Empower yourself.

Words by Jennifer Kraus, Co-founder and EVP of Operations, Source Intelligence

Dr. Jennifer Kraus has over 25 years of experience providing multi-disciplinary strategic environmental, health and safety services to customers in the US, Mexico, Canada, and Central and South America. Prior to co-founding Source Intelligence®, Dr. Kraus was President of Global Environmental Consulting Company, Inc. (GECCo, Inc.), a consulting practice based in San Diego, CA. Dr. Kraus also served as an associate with Dames & Moore, environmental manager for General Dynamics Electronics Division, and safety engineer with Litton Guidance and Control Systems. Dr. Kraus is a former board member of the Good Neighbor Environmental Board, a congressional advisory committee on environmental and infrastructure issues along the US-Mexico Border; the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board; and the San Diego Industrial Environmental Association. Dr. Kraus completed her doctoral studies in public health, epidemiology at the UCSD School of Medicine and the San Diego State Graduate School of Public Health; she received her master’s degree in public health from the UCLA Graduate School of Public Health and her bachelor’s degree in biology from Princeton University.

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