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The risk of human rights tainted tungsten, tin, tantalum and gold (3TG) entering the supply chains of tech firms is extending well beyond the traditional home of ‘conflict minerals,’ DR Congo and the Great Lakes Region of Africa, according to new research from risk analysis firm Verisk Maplecroft.
Mapping global human rights risk
Security concerns pose major challenges to mining operations in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. At least 40 armed groups continue to operate in the east of the country and violent clashes between rival factions occur frequently. Both the Congolese army and the UN mission MONUSCO are engaged in ongoing counter-insurgency operations.
Monday 2 June 2014 marked the deadline for US-listed companies that use tin, tungsten, tantalum or gold sourced from DR Congo and adjoining countries in their manufacturing processes to submit inaugural reports to US authorities detailing how they are monitoring their supply chains to safeguard against ‘conflict minerals’ (i.e. minerals which fund the activities of armed groups). These ‘due diligence’ assessments are to be scrutinised by the US Securities and Exchange Commission in accordance with Section 1502 of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act.
Over the last six months, levels of conflict and political violence have risen significantly in 48 countries, according to the latest index released by global risk analytics company Maplecroft, which highlights the destabilising effects of popular revolutions and regime change as a key factor in the surge in risk.
Cities of Dhaka, Mumbai, Manila, Kolkata, Bangkok most at risk
New research by global risk analytics company Maplecroft, has revealed that 31% of global economic output will be based in countries facing ‘high’ or ‘extreme risks’ from the impacts of climate change by the year 2025 – a 50% increase on current levels and more than double since the company began researching the issue in 2008.
Two of the world’s largest growth markets, Russia and China, have shown significant increases in child labour risks over the last year, reveals the latest Child Labour Index from Maplecroft. This exposes companies with operations and supply chains in these countries to greater risks of reputational and legal damage from complicity with children’s rights violations.
With less than 10,000 lives lost worldwide, 2012 was the least deadly for natural disasters in the last 10 years, due largely to the lack of major events outside high-income countries with the infrastructure and resources to withstand their socio-economic impacts. However, new research from risk analysis company, Maplecroft reveals that resilience to major weather and seismic events is not improving in some of the world’s most important growth markets, leaving large sections of their populations and economies at ‘extreme risk.’
A rise in human rights violations from government crackdowns on public protest and political dissent is significantly increasing risks to business in ten of the world’s fastest growing economies, according to Maplecroft’s newly released Human Rights Risk Atlas 2013 (HRRA).
'Arab Awakening' countries at increased risk from 2013 food price shock
Despite strong economic growth, food security remains an issue of primary importance for Africa, according to a new study by risk analysis company Maplecroft, which classifies 75% of the continent’s countries at ‘high’ or ‘extreme risk.’
Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and Philippines expose companies to high levels of supply chain risk
An annual study by risk analysis firm Maplecroft has revealed that 76 countries now pose ‘extreme risks’ to the welfare of children from the entrenched use of underage working practices, up more than 10% from last year’s total of 68 ‘extreme risk’ countries.
According to Maplecroft the rise in reported child labour violations is due to worsening global security and the economic downturn.
An annual Human Rights Risk Atlas, analysing the extent of human rights abuses in 197countries, has revealed that human rights and labour standards risks for companies and investors are increasing on a global scale, with 48% of the world now posing ‘extreme’ or ‘high’ risks of corporate complicity in rights violations.
Companies operating in emerging economies and resource-rich countries at risk of complicity of human rights abuses
New research into the extent of protection of women and girls has revealed that the risk of human rights abuses, such as sexual violence, discrimination, trafficking and sexual exploitation, are at ‘extreme’ levels in just over 40% of the 197 countries studied.
Calcutta, Dhaka, Jakarta and Manila rated ‘extreme risk’ in study of climate change vulnerability
The fourth release of Maplecroft’s Climate Change and Environment Risk Atlas includes a new Climate Change Vulnerability Index (CCVI) that analyses and maps climate change vulnerability down to 25km² worldwide. It reveals that some of the world’s fastest growing populations are increasingly at risk from the impacts of climate related natural hazards including sea level rise.
A new study assessing the availability and stability of food supplies in 196 countries has rated the food security of Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo as lowest in the world, whilst countries in the drought stricken Horn of Africa are also at ‘extreme risk’.