Supply Chain Sustainability: Addressing Transparency in the Metals & Mining Sector

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Hailey Lynne McKeefry
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Hailey Lynne McKeefry   9/27/2014 12:56:21 AM
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@Apek,  your points are well taken. In addition, there are auditing programs and systems being put in place. That's going to be critical, as it has been with any of the requirements that have gone before it.

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apek   9/26/2014 7:21:19 PM
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@Hailey, The problem is that supply chains hav become so complicated that any claims made cannot be easily verified unless there is an independent and unbiased investigator. Supply chain decentralization would be a good remedy here and would not need any government intervention or any more laws to be passed.

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Hailey Lynne McKeefry   9/25/2014 6:42:30 PM
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@Prabhakar, I believe that the Dodd-Frank reporting act is in itself working to encourage alternate sourcing. Many public companies will not want to publically admit that they are involved even peripherally with human rights violations. Hopefully, public opinion will carry weight.

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Hailey Lynne McKeefry   9/25/2014 6:39:24 PM
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@Apek, the other key in this is industry-wide cooperation in terms of sharing information. New services and platforms are emerging to help with the reporting rquired by Dodd-Frank.

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prabhakar_deosthali   9/25/2014 2:30:32 AM
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I would like to know what efforts are being made to find alternate sources of the conflict material ( such as Tantalum) from non conflict areas. Find alternatives either in terms of another source or alternate material use could automatically reduce the need to get the minerals from conflcit areas and once the demand reduces the forces that are controlling such mineral resources would automatically loose interest in controlling them.

 

I know the problem is not that simple but somewhere effort should start the way we the world is concentrating efforts on alternate enegry sources to counter the monopoly of oil producing nations.

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Conflict free metals
apek   9/24/2014 8:58:54 PM
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Only through macroeconomic reforms can conflict free materials become a reality for sustainable manufacturing. It needs supply chain decentralization to give more power to local economies as well as to boost domestic consumer purchasing power of local people in congo. Conflict free metals can become a reality when the procurement is closer to the mines. The present model of Globalization based on Free Trade is another major cause of problems in DRC region. Profound macroeconomic reforms towards a balanced economy will serve as solution to this crisis with minimal government intervention.



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