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RCS Global announces new Senior Appointment

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Alice Valvodova as Responsible Sourcing Project Director at RCS Global. Alice is joined by Morgane Fritz in becoming the latest recruits to our growing team. Prior to joining RCS Global, Alice was the Executive Director of the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) and Manager of Advisory Services at […]

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New RCS Global Briefing Paper Published

We are pleased to announce the publication of the latest RCS Global Briefing Paper covering the emerging supply chain risks within battery metals. The paper is the culmination of in-depth desk research and primary research in the field across the five key battery ‘metals’: cobalt, lithium, nickel, graphite, and manganese. The paper reveals – for the first […]

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Metal Miner: Get ahead of Dodd-Frank Conflict Mineral Mandates

A lack of clarity on how and when key provisions of Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act will be fully implemented is leaving downstream businesses in limbo — many of whom are looking to enhance their minerals sourcing compliance. Read more.

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Sustainable Brands Magazine: Rollback Dodd-Frank won’t stop the shift towards greater transparency

President Donald Trump issued two executive orders last week geared at scaling back or replacing financial regulations that he deems a burden to commerce and growth. The move signals a big win for Wall Street —whose elite are up for top spots in Trump’s cabinet — and comes at the expense of the working class. It […]

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Mining Review: New ASM Guidelines aim to raise global standards

RCS Global and the IGF have launched the first universal framework designed to improve how governments manage artisanal and small-scale mining. The guidance comes at a crucial time for the mining sector as demand for materials such as cobalt, gold and precious stones fuel continued growth in artisanal and small-scale mining; especially in Africa, Asia […]

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FCPA Blog: Cobalt is a compliance headache (with a cure)

An interesting but little covered milestone was reached in Japan this year. The country now boasts more electric charging points for cars than it does petrol stations. In the U.S. and Europe the number of pumps still dwarf the sockets but this too is changing. We’re about to see an electric car boom, with Tesla leading the […]

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Compliance Week: Cobalt may be the next big challenge for corporate sustainability

By now, four years into the process, public companies are no doubt starting to get the swing of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s conflict minerals rule. Next up: an evolution of the still-controversial supply chain due diligence mandate and an expansion into new materials, geographies, and social ills. Read more. 

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FT This is Africa: Trump administration looks to weaken rules on conflict minerals

In the US, the Trump administration has ordered a review of Dodd-Frank banking regulations with view to scale back the scope of the 2010 Act. This would include dismantling rules that requiring companies that use certain types of ‘conflict minerals’ originating in the Democratic Republic of Congo to disclose their sourcing and monitor supply chains. […]

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Africa Business Magazine: Cobalt Regulations.

The DRC is the world’s largest producer of cobalt, accounting for roughly 60% of global production, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). However, both international human rights groups and media organisations have in the past revealed that cobalt – which is mainly mined in the unstable eastern region of the country – is […]

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CNBC: What’s in your smartphone?

Leonardo DiCaprio’s 2006 movie “Blood Diamond” shed light on the sometimes dubious origins of luxury goods.  The movie highlighted increasing concern about human rights violations in the supply chain and the diamond industry has been put under pressure to eliminate minerals of unknown or dubious sources. Now, attention is shifting to metals and other commodities […]

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WSJ: Cobalt Supply Chain Under Scrutiny for Congo Links

Cobalt isn’t officially a “conflict mineral” of the kind that’s subject to strict reporting requirements under the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, but a study published Wednesday says companies are treating the metal as if it were. Read more here.     

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