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Conflict Minerals- Can Consumers, Manufacturers & Policy-Makers Rise to the Challenge?

Conflict Minerals- Can Consumers, Manufacturers & Policy-Makers Rise to the Challenge? (Part 2)
Part 1 of this series highlighted the issues, regulatory and supply chain complexities and efforts by industry to tighten the control of precious minerals sourcing. This is especially critical in developing nations, where human trafficking, regional conflict and lack of environmental laws and basic human rights are the rule rather than the exception. This post will look into a few examples of key manufacturers and efforts to date audit, validate and trace the precious minerals supply chain and what roles non-governmental organizations and we consumers have played so far in addressing this prickly issue.
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Also this week…

Hospitality Consortium To Tackle Supply Chain Sustainability
A group of leaders in the hotel industry representing brands, hotel suppliers, architecture firms and purchasing companies launched the Hospitality Sustainable Purchasing Consortium this week. One of the primary goals is to lead the development of an industry-wide Hospitality Sustainable Purchasing Index (HSPI) to comprehensively measure the sustainability of FF&E suppliers and the products they sell. Read more…

Ford Developing Smallest Engine Ever
Ford is developing its smallest engine ever in an effort to create greater fuel savings as gasoline prices rise and federal standards on fuel economy grow stricter. The No. 2 U.S. automaker will introduce a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine within the next two years. The engine will have the same performance as the widely used four-cylinder engine, but would save more fuel and lower emissions, Ford said. Read more…

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