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For Supply Chain Executives: Report on Cobalt Mines Reveals New Traceability Challenge

Published: 10 February 2016

ID: G00301101

Analyst(s): Pam Fitzpatrick

Summary

Amnesty International calls for companies to improve materials traceability and human rights due diligence in their cobalt supply streams. In the absence of regulations, strategists and sourcing leaders should assess the risks to their brands and examine their policies and practices for gaps.

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  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Amnesty International's new report about cobalt mining practices in the DRC could create a new touchpoint of consumer, investor and regulator pressure on brand owners in the consumer electronics, automobile, aerospace and defense, coatings and manufacturing industries
  • The report's findings — including the presence of child labor — may lead European Union regulators to expand the scope of pending conflict minerals legislation to include cobalt or other materials

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