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UL Supports OEMs in Conflict Mineral Reporting Efforts

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Susan Fourtané
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Conflict minerals
Susan Fourtané   10/15/2014 12:14:48 PM
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Conflict minerals is a long due issue. It's nice that it's taken a more front seat now. Apple's initiative of reporting them is good and will have a good impact. Others might do the same.

-Susan 

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Re: Conflict minerals
nimantha.d   10/15/2014 11:10:22 PM
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@Susan: Well true it's a good start by Apple to show the world that they care about other factors than just business. It can be an indirect marketing tool but still has created a good impact

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Re: Conflict minerals
Jacob   10/16/2014 12:15:35 AM
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"Well true it's a good start by Apple to show the world that they care about other factors than just business. It can be an indirect marketing tool but still has created a good impact"

Nimantha, you are right and in many cases Apple is able to set industrial standards and guidelines. They proved it ones with Foxconn, when Chinese labour exploitation news spread.

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Whereabouts of Conflict Minerals
Jacob   10/16/2014 12:20:06 AM
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"Large OEMs are putting pressure throughout their supply chains for organizations to trace and understand the origin of the minerals in their components. In its most recent Supplier Responsibility Progress Report, Apple said it would publicize the names of suppliers that continue to source minerals from conflict regions. Clearly, conflict minerals have taken center stage."

Hailey, it's a good initiative from Apple. Actually what's the requirement for such evidences? It's all are internal/back end matters. When it comes as a product customers are not concerned about the whereabouts; for them quality and functionality of products are important.

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Re: Conflict minerals
Susan Fourtané   10/16/2014 2:10:25 AM
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Nimantha, 

Apple cares about other things, too, not just business. Apple has one of the best environmental policies and recycling programs. Apple doesn't do marketing of any kind. They don't need to waste time and money in marketing. 

-Susan

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Re: Conflict minerals
HaileyMcK   10/20/2014 8:52:04 PM
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@Susan, I think we will see more big OEMs jump on the bandwagon. It's a great story from a PR point of view--and that does make a difference.

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Re: Whereabouts of Conflict Minerals
HaileyMcK   10/20/2014 8:53:48 PM
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@Jacob, the thing about the conflict minerals reporting is that organizations have to report what they know about whether they are buying products from conflict mineral countries. THey need to make a good effort to find out. However, over time, we'll see what all of this means in practical terms. What is a good effort? Will organizations stop using these sources rather than have to report that they are using them? I don't know.

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Re: Whereabouts of Conflict Minerals
Jacob   10/21/2014 12:47:17 AM
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"the thing about the conflict minerals reporting is that organizations have to report what they know about whether they are buying products from conflict mineral countries. THey need to make a good effort to find out. However, over time, we'll see what all of this means in practical terms. What is a good effort? Will organizations stop using these sources rather than have to report that they are using them? I don't know."

Hailey, thanks for the clarification. The advantage is others can know the real source and from where they can source good raw materials.

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Re: Conflict minerals
Susan Fourtané   10/22/2014 9:34:56 AM
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Hailey, 

Yes, I agree. It helps when there is a PR point of view.

-Susan



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