Conflict Minerals in 2017 – What’s New?

It’s only February and so far this year the news feeds have been full of political comments referencing conflict minerals, with some suggested step-backs in progress as well as some tighter regulations. You’re not the only one that’s confused. So here we try and simplify what we know, what we don’t, and most importantly, what […]

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The Modern Slavery Act: what do you need to know?

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 was the UK’s latest step towards eliminating slavery, in all its forms. Since then, many UK construction companies have reviewed their own businesses and supply chains and published statements about the approach they have taken, with the aim of ensuring that modern slavery, including human trafficking, is not taking place […]

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Time to Reflect – October

As the end of October signalled the clocks moving back an hour, we used the time to reflect on all of the activity around ethical practices. October marked the 1st UK Anti-Slavery Day since the introduction of section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act and was celebrated throughout the UK with events, supplier seminars, dinners […]

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The dirty side of clean technology – the hidden realities of mineral supply chains

Tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold. These four minerals are strongly linked to human exploitation, child labour and modern slavery, and for every gram of these minerals that is purchased, the armed militant groups that illegally control many of the mines are effectively being funded to carry out these human rights abuses.  Conflict minerals are a […]

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Identifying practical steps to tackle modern slavery

With Anti-Slavery day coming up tomorrow (18th October), our thoughts are focused on the improvements the UK still has to make in tackling modern slavery. But last Wednesday (5th October), the UK’s Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland, and the Inter–Departmental Ministerial Group on modern slavery both published reports that took a more reflective look over the […]

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Progress in curbing the trade of conflict minerals

http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-2231_en.htm Minerals such as tantalum, tungsten and tin are widely used in a range of electronic goods like mobile phones and laptops here in the UK.  The trade of these minerals may be funding violent armed groups, who use their control over mines in certain areas to commit serious human rights abuses such as child labour, sexual violence […]

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Is there exploitation and ‘modern slavery’ in your supply chain?

We’ve reached a huge turning point for businesses. Companies with a turnover of £36m or more that had a year-end of 31 March will be the first to publish a statement outlining how they are tackling transparency in their business and supply chains. This may bring business benefits in terms of future-proofing and proactivity, but […]

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