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Tracking Conflict Minerals

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Himanshugupta
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need better supply chain database
Himanshugupta   10/30/2011 3:03:05 PM
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"Parts that manufacturers had no idea were being made in Japan suddenly were in short supply, causing production lines to shut down. If they had a point-of-origin database, they could have made a quick assessment of their exposure to the risk and adjusted accordingly."

This is true example of why better documentation is necessary. The extensive documentation can add some cost to the overall supply chain cost but any shortsupply due to natural or man-made disasters can be easily detected and the necessary actions can be taken quickly.

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Re: But why ?
Bruce Rayner   10/23/2011 8:48:50 PM
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@nemos. My statement wasn't a value judgement. It was an observation about the state of the industry in 2000. There was a disconnect between buying tantilum capacitors and the human rights violations taking place in the DRC. No one was making the connection. Now the industry knows a bit more about the connection. But not the consumer.  As far as I can tell, the consumer is still pretty much clueless. 

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Re: Dodd-Frank is Killing People in the Congo Right Now.
Nemos   10/23/2011 5:47:00 PM
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You forgotten to mention the working condision there. Also i Didnt get it, what you trying to say, stop let the things as it is, let us to continue in the same way ?

Nemos
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But why ?
Nemos   10/23/2011 5:39:57 PM
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"No one was overly concerned about the conditions workers faced in the mines."

The above phrase it really hurts me. It took 11 years to have an action, and my question is why?. Many of you will think "at least we have one now" but the main question remains why we don't give the appropriate attention in situations that are not in our neighborhood?  

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_hm   10/23/2011 7:52:11 AM
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Intention of process is good. But in the end, how much effective it is to help those poor people to whom we try to protect. It is very intricate task and they must work very closely with those less fortunate countries.

 

 

elctrnx_lyf
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elctrnx_lyf   10/22/2011 11:32:50 PM
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adding this extra layer of process could certainly result in increase of prices which again effectively will make the usa companies lesser competetive against the other companies in asia.

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Peter E   10/22/2011 1:10:39 PM
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Sorry, the ITRI is based in England, St. Albans to be precise. According to Canada's Globe and Mail, an organization called Partnership Africa Canada, received $1.6 million to develop yet another tag-and-bag tracking system, which the ITRI already devleoped and tested. It seems activists are more interested in talking about the problem than solving it. Once solved, then the spotlight and donations shifts elsewhere.

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Bruce Rayner   10/22/2011 9:03:09 AM
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@Peter E You’re referring to the International Tin Research Institute’s standard. It's ironic that ITRI is based in Belgium considering the role that country played in exploiting the Congo. Here's another book recommendation: King Leopold’s Ghost, by Adam Hochschild. 




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Tracking Conflict Minerals
Peter E   10/21/2011 11:03:10 AM
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The tin industry, under the auspicies of the ITRI based in Belgium, has developed and tested a tracking system from mine to smelter. It's been shown to be 75 percent effective and needs to be taken seriously since it could be a partial solution. For an indepth look at conflict minerals in the Congo, see the book, Consuming the Congo: War and Conflict Minerals in the World's Deadliest Place (Lawrence Hill Books).

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Jay_Bond   10/21/2011 7:46:45 AM
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It is interesting to see how after decades of deadly conflict in the DRC, that the government leaders (including Rwanda) would complain that they are losing money with this new law taking place. Granted there are times that we stick our proverbial noses into places it shouldn't be, but it makes you wonder what will ever change when the country’s own politicians would rather have the money instead of stability and human decency.

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