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Conflict Minerals and Firms’ Ignorance Over Their Supply Chains

Since the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, American law has required publicly traded companies to detail their sources of so-called “conflict minerals.. Academic research finds that almost 80 percent of firms were unable to determine the sources of the minerals in their products while only one percent could certify their products free of conflict minerals “with great certainty.”

Apple Expands Supplier Responsibility Program

Apple Inc.’s latest Supplier Responsibility report shows a 25% increase in audits of supplier facilities during 2010 to establish compliance with the company’s standards for hiring, training and worker safety. The company said a report by an independent team of suicide prevention experts about suicides last year at a supplier plant in Taiwan found the supplier’s response “had definitely saved lives.”