Monthly Archives: April 2010

RJC Update

Apr 29, 2010

RJC looks at chain-of-custody for gold and diamonds in jewelry–a new contribution to the growing literature on sustainability chain-of-custody certification systems for minerals.

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Building Trust and Relationships to Tackle Forestry Issues

Apr 12, 2010

People sometimes contact RESOLVE to facilitate one meeting or run a large public hearing. While sometimes we will help with those events, our favourite requests are when people ask us to help them, over time build relationships, expand collaborative capacity, develop reliable information, and implement agreements that solve real problems.

Almost two years ago, I received a call from a forestry company in New Brunswick, Canada. Their question was simple – “Is there anything we can do to improve relationships between forest industries and environmental NGO’s?” Continue reading

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Tracing Conflict-Free Minerals

Apr 6, 2010

Metals (e.g. tin, tantalum, cobalt and gold) used in electronics, jewelry and other consumer products can originate from conflict zones such as those in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the broader Great Lakes region of Central Africa. Reports from EnoughGlobal Witness and others tell the tragic story of how these metals can fund militias, deteriorate the environment, and reinforce economic disparities.

In response, electronics companies active in the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) and the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) began working to understand the complex, global supply chains for these metals. A supply chain describes the source of raw material, its processing and manufacturing, and then extends to delivering the final product to the customer. Metals are especially challenging and complex, with multiple steps, mixing of sources, and many actors in the supply chain.

With greater supply chain knowledge and transparency, companies could then begin to design and test strategies to source conflict-free and responsibly mined metals. GeSI and EICC asked RESOLVE to help analyze and respond to this challenge.

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