Ethical Trade – Body Saron Siki Thu, 06 Jan 2022 06:45:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Ethical Trade – Body Saron Siki 32 32 Sebastian Santos and Tom Hastings – The struggle between consumerism and sustainability Thu, 06 Jan 2022 06:31:49 +0000 With the end of the year holidays and the world moving on, maybe now is a great time to think about how we buy and use goods.

The majority of the world economy is based on the concept of consumption. On the surface, this doesn’t seem like a bad thing, as we have to consume goods and services in order to live. However, the excessive acquisition of property can lead to extremely harmful practices.

Consider our increasingly unhealthy reliance on goods imported from afar, products that could often be produced much closer to where they are actually used, resulting in significantly less use of harmful fossil fuels for the world. weather. This is not only unsustainable for our ecology, but also for our economy, with trade imbalances impoverishing the United States and enriching China, for example. That deficit was more than $ 310 billion in 2020, according to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

Consumerism is not all good or bad, it depends on the practice. Does a business exploit workers? (yes, Walmart, we’re talking about you) Do they pollute? (looking at you, Coca-Cola) Is the company guilty of defrauding consumers? (wow BP, Volkswagen, Enron and others).

Are consumerism and sustainability compatible? Sustainability focuses on a morally fair and ethical approach, mindful of the consumer, the environment and the producers. Meanwhile, consumerism focuses solely on profit, including planned obsolescence – by designing goods that will too quickly become unusable or out of fashion. Laws in most places are inadequate to prevent most producers from not paying the true costs, often passing them on to the taxpaying public or future generations. If lawmakers struggled to stop these externalized costs, ethical consumerism would be much easier.

Sustainability or going green is doable, even for manufacturers. Tips for Businessmen Who Make or Trade Merchandise from Author Sandra Goldmark (Fixation: How To Have Things Without Breaking The Planet):

  • Develop multiple revenue streams, not only through the sale of new products, but also through resale, repair, upgrade, lease and service models.
  • Stay away from the “race to the bottom” on prices. Sell ​​fewer items but make money on the same item multiple times by offering resale and repair.
  • Build stronger relationships with customers based on quality, transparency and service.

As concerned consumers, what can we do to be more sustainable? There is a growing awareness of what a conscious consumer is and how one can become one. None of them are too difficult or expensive for the majority of us:

  • Buy only what is necessary
  • Avoid excessive packaging on products (sorry, Trader Joe’s, we’re heading to the bagless section of the grocery store and bringing our own bags)
  • Consider the lifespan of the product
  • Reduce, reuse, repair, recycle
  • Think about quality, not quantity
  • Take good care of products to extend their lifespan
  • Align with companies that incorporate more sustainable practices

Although the holidays are over, we will inevitably fall back into this consumerist trap unless we start to become more aware of our own consumption practices.

These suggestions, we hope, make us all think more about how we can enjoy things and do it in a way that improves our sense of satisfaction, saves us money, preserves the planet and help businesses run smoothly.

Sebastian Santos, syndicated by PeaceVoice, graduated from Portland State University and is pursuing a master’s degree at Lewis and Clark College. Tom H. Hastings is editor-in-chief of PeaceVoice.

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16-year-old athleisure brand F5 raises AED 30,000 for children’s education in first six months Sun, 02 Jan 2022 04:30:33 +0000

The UAE Red Crescent supports children’s education by providing schools with the necessary teaching materials and learning aids, such as computers and tablets. This campaign provides support to vulnerable students, orphans and determined individuals who have been academically affected during the COVID-19 pandemic. The teaching material includes electronic devices, which will allow them to continue their studies at a distance.

Founder Sarisha Ved said, “I am more than grateful to the F5 team for bringing my vision to life and making sustainable clothing accessible to everyone across the CCG while still being on trend. F5’s mission is to create a movement where our clients can help improve the community by providing support to vulnerable children.

“Education is a powerful tool that can open the door to new opportunities and improve the quality of life, and F5’s mission is to be a catalyst in their journey by investing in the local community, while ensuring the protection of our planet. We look forward to continuing to support these transformative educational programs with Emirates Red Crescent. ”

The initiative falls under the “Emirates Fund, the Fatherland of Mankind”, led by the UAE Red Crescent Authority, the National Authority for Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management, and in coordination with associations and charitable and humanitarian organizations in the country. The project aims to strengthen the educational resources of vulnerable students such as orphans and determined people.

Mohammed Kamal, Fundraising Department, Emirates Red Crescent Dubai said: “Education remains one of our top priorities. This initiative embodies the UAE Red Crescent’s concern to continue the educational process in the country, the logistical support and the educational arrangements that help schools carry out their educational mission and comply with the preventive and precautionary measures that apply. ‘apply, keeping social distancing regulations in mind. . It’s inspiring to have such a young entrepreneur focused on social change and sustainability as a core business strategy. We are happy to collaborate with F5 on this project and wish Sarisha Ved great success. We would like to thank Apparel Group for supporting such initiatives and for being such a valuable partner for Emirates Red Crescent over the years. “


About F5

Launched in March 2021, the local concept F5 is a sustainable fashion brand, created by 15-year-old entrepreneur Sarisha Ved. The F5 brand is the only local brand in the Apparel Group that offers a range of products such as cell phone cases, reusable masks, wallets, bags and unisex sportswear with Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certificates. , Fairtrade and Global Recycling Standards, with 100% of products produced in SMETA (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit) approved facilities. All F5 products are made from organic or recycled materials, incorporating the principles of zero waste, in which the materials, including mobile cases and plastic used for packaging, are compostable.

About the Emirates Red Crescent

The Emirates Red Crescent is a voluntary humanitarian organization that supports official authorities in times of peace and war. The authority was founded in Abu Dhabi in 1983 with the support of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and was internationally certified as a member of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in 1986. Our objectives include: law, Raising awareness and educating about health, Saving people from the effects of disasters, Establishing projects for the good of those in need: orphans, widows, elderly and people with special needs and Attracting talents for volunteer work. The UAE Red Crescent provides services such as cash assistance, humanitarian aid, health assistance and social assistance.

About the clothing group

Apparel Group is a global fashion and lifestyle retail conglomerate residing at the crossroads of the modern economy – Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Today, the Apparel Group caters to thousands of enthusiastic shoppers through its more than 1,750 stores and more than 75 brands across all platforms employing 16,500 multicultural people on four continents.

The clothing group established its strong presence not only in UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and Saudi Arabia, but opened successful market entry doors in India, South Africa, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia. In addition, clear strategies are in place to penetrate emerging markets such as Hungary, Pakistan, Egypt and the Philippines.

Apparel Group operates brands around the world, originating in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Asia and includes leading names in fashion, footwear and lifestyle such as Tommy Hilfiger, Charles & Keith, Skechers, Aldo, Nine West, Aeropostale, Jamie’s Italian to name a few and other key brands include Tim Hortons, Cold Stone Creamery, Inglot, Rituals, and more.

Apparel Group owes its incredible growth to the vision and guidance of its dynamic Founder and President, Sima Ved, who has strengthened the company since its inception over the past two decades.

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Fast fashion harms the environment and mental health Mon, 27 Dec 2021 19:01:10 +0000

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SHEIN, an online store, has recently become a leading source for fast fashion as it is heavily promoted on social media platforms through “SHEIN Hauls”.

In recent years, fast fashion has become a major issue, especially as social networks have taken hold of it. You can’t open Instagram or TikTok without seeing someone in your feed showing off their brand new wardrobe filled with the latest trends. Trend cycles have accelerated dramatically and social media is constantly pushing us all of that away.

This constant pressure to keep up with rapid change has left companies with no choice but to cut costs, no matter what damage it causes.

Fast fashion is defined as “inexpensive clothing made quickly by mass retailers in response to the latest trends,” according to Oxford Languages. Fast fashion not only harms the environment, but also the mental health of young people.

Environmental cost

Textile factories generate more than a fifth of all water pollution and use 20,000 chemicals, many of which are carcinogenic, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. This puts the workers as well as the environment in a very unhealthy state. Most of the textile factories are located in developing countries where the government cannot follow or regulate pollution laws.

When businesses only care about following the trends and making money fast, they are taking every shortcut possible. They find loopholes in the laws, exploit their workers and destroy the environment on their way. Clothes from fast fashion brands aren’t made to be durable or last a long time, so cutting corners like this is the norm.

These brands are based on the concept of selling cheap, low-quality clothes that are meant to be thrown away. Indeed, 101 million tons of clothes are thrown away each year, according to the BBC. These serious environmental effects far exceed the low prices of fast fashion.

Harm our mental health

The recent rapid fashion boom can easily stem from the similar boom in social media platforms, especially TikTok and Instagram. Many people regularly take to social media to share their groceries at stores such as Forever 21, Urban Outfitters and Shein, despite their harmful contributions to the environment.

The fashion and social media trends on these apps are not only sensational and short lived, but also negatively impact the mental health of users.

Social media alone is already having such negative effects on society. A recent study of women aged 18 to 25 showed a link between Instagram and increased self-objectification and body image issues, according to the National Association of Eating Disorders. There is no denying that body image and mental health issues are increasing exponentially and harming our young people.

Fast fashion alternatives

Conscious consumers should do their best to stay away from fast fashion, but how? It starts right in your own community. Instead of ordering cheap, poorly-made clothes, stock your wardrobe with clothes from local small businesses. Donations and thrift store purchases also help maximize clothing usage and ensure less clothing ends up in landfills.

You can also buy clothes from ethical brands that don’t contribute to fast fashion. Companies like Patagonia, Kotn and Fair winds offer a wide range of styles and budgets to accommodate consumers. They also make conscious efforts to keep their businesses ethical. For example, Patagonia uses renewable energy to make its clothes and is very aware of its carbon footprint.

Fast fashion is an irresponsible industry that exploits consumers, workers and the environment. While this might all sound glamorous on social media, it’s not worth your money or your sanity.

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Refrain from joining strikes, FG indict newly inducted doctors Sun, 26 Dec 2021 13:16:53 +0000

By Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja

The federal government has instructed newly inducted medical graduates to refrain from joining the relentless strikes by doctors across the country.

A statement issued on Sunday by the deputy director of press and public relations at the Federal Ministry of Labor and Employment, Charles Akpan, quoted the minister, Senator Chris Ngige, as saying this upon the induction of six graduates in medicine from the University of Abuja (UniAbuja) to the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN).

Ngige, whose son Dr Andrew Ngige was among the new inductees, urged medical graduates to behave well and uphold the highest ethical standards in the performance of their duties.

He reminded them that the medical profession is noble and that, therefore, they should refrain from any conduct that could bring their esteemed profession into disrepute.

He said: “I am a doctor. One of you who is inducted here is my second son. My first son is a doctor. My daughter is also a doctor. By virtue of ethics, our medical oath is to save lives. This is our first duty.

“If the doctors go on strike, people die. It’s the truth. Human life is irreplaceable. How to bring back people who have died due to the absence of doctors at their duty station?

“It is unethical for doctors to go on strike. I have said it so many times in the past and I will continue to say it, doctors should not go on strike. Therefore, you should refrain from joining strikes in the interest of humanity and our noble profession.

Previously, MDCN Registrar Dr Tajudeen Sanusi had told inductees they were ethically bound to do certain things as doctors, warning that anything contrary to that would attract the board’s hammer.

Other dignitaries present at the induction ceremony included the wife of Senator Ngige and Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Evelyn Ngige, and the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine. from the University of Abuja, Professor Felicia Anumah.

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Analysis: Allegations of labor abuse in Malaysia pose a risk to the export growth model Wed, 22 Dec 2021 06:21:00 +0000

KUALA LUMPUR, December 21 (Reuters) – (The December 21 article corrects the company unit name in paragraph 29 for Fitch Ratings, not Fitch Solutions.)

Malaysian government and businesses must respond to growing allegations of workplace abuse of migrant workers who fuel the country’s economy, or face risks to its export-based growth model, experts warn.

For decades, Malaysia has relied on migrant workers to power basic manufacturing and agriculture, becoming an integral part of the global supply chain for products as diverse as semiconductors, iPhone components , medical gloves and palm oil.

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But as dependence on foreign labor has grown, complaints about the abusive working and living conditions of workers, who come mainly from Indonesia, Bangladesh and Nepal, have increased. .

Southeast Asia’s third-largest economy must reform its labor laws and improve its enforcement, while companies must invest to ensure better conditions, said 11 analysts, rating agencies, researchers, business consultants and activists polled by Reuters.

Over the past two years, seven Malaysian companies, including the world’s largest glove maker and palm oil producer, have faced US import bans over allegations of forced labor. High-tech home appliance maker Dyson Ltd last month cut ties with its biggest supplier, a Malaysian company, over working conditions.

“This is a wake-up call,” said Anthony Dass, AmBank research manager in Kuala Lumpur. “If Malaysia does not change and with the global focus on environmental, social and governance practices, companies may move to other countries.”

Malaysia’s labor department did not respond to questions about changing the country’s labor laws, and the Commerce Ministry did not respond to questions about potential investment losses.

Human Resources Minister Saravanan conceded earlier this month that “the forced labor issues” had “affected the confidence of foreign investors in Malaysia’s product offering.” He urged companies to protect the rights and well-being of workers.

“Malaysia has become the star child” of forced labor issues, said Rosey Hurst of London-based ethical trade consultancy Impactt. “And it’s starting to do economic damage. Real change has to happen.”

Hurst said demands from global investors on Malaysia’s working practices have increased, especially from asset managers and private equity firms.

Other Asian manufacturing centers, including China and Thailand, face similar charges of labor abuse. But investors were immediately interested in Malaysia’s recent review, and it could affect future foreign direct investment and supply contracts, analysts said.


Malaysian authorities have acknowledged excessive overtime, unpaid wages, lack of days off and unsanitary dormitories. These conditions are among the 11 indicators of forced labor, according to the International Labor Organization (ILO).

Malaysian law allows more than the widely accepted maximum of 60 hours of work per week and allows work on what are supposed to be days of rest.

“Malaysia’s legal framework allows, and in fact sometimes insists on, practices that conflict with the 11 ILO indicators on forced labor,” said Hurst.

Malaysia last month launched a national action plan on forced labor to eliminate these practices by 2030.

The country is the world’s second largest exporter of palm oil and its chip assembly industry accounts for more than a tenth of the global chip trade. Malaysia had around 2 million foreign workers at the end of 2020, 10% of its workforce and double it 20 years ago, according to the Statistics Department. The government and labor groups estimate that up to 4 million additional undocumented migrants work in the country.

Foreign workers are concentrated in industry, agriculture, construction and services.

As Malaysians shy away from lower-paying, labor-intensive jobs, the country’s electronics and palm oil companies are particularly relying on migrants, whose treatment is increasingly scrutinized.

Malaysia has had the most customs bans and US border protection after China. In July, Washington placed Malaysia on a list with China and North Korea for limited progress in eliminating labor trafficking, its lowest ranking.

Dyson terminated its contract with parts maker ATA IMS Bhd just months after the Malaysian company posted record profits. The ATA has acknowledged some violations, made improvements and said it now complies with all regulations and standards.

ATA told Reuters in a statement it was stepping up its practices for sustainable and equitable growth amid close scrutiny of the company and Malaysia.

“For ATA, this has meant reviewing some of the practices that have long been a norm, not only in Malaysia but also overseas, for example, excessive overtime and more engagement between management and grassroots employees.” , the company said.


When the United States banned Top Glove Corp (TPGC.KL) last year, the world’s largest manufacturer of medical gloves agreed to pay workers $ 33 million to reimburse recruiting fees they paid. in their home country – which activists say leads to debt bondage.

U.S. Customs revoked the ban after Top Glove made the changes.

Top Glove told Reuters in a statement that exporters must “follow global best practices, as customer expectations have changed over the years,” adding that it was “no longer enough for companies to simply be profitable “.

His peers also decided to reimburse recruiting fees.

Palm oil producers in Malaysia, the world’s largest exporter of the widely used product after neighboring Indonesia, have spent tens of millions of dollars to improve the living conditions of workers following similar bans.

Of course, the higher costs associated with improving working and living conditions do not necessarily scare investors away.

“Companies operating in Australia, UK, EU and some US states are subject to regulations that address modern slavery in supply chains,” said Nneka Chike-Obi, director of sustainable finance at Fitch Ratings. “So they may have to accept higher costs in exchange for lower risk to the supply chain.”

The impact on the electronics industry, which accounts for nearly 40% of Malaysia’s exports, could notably have a multiplier effect on the economy.

Dell Inc (DELL.N), Samsung Electronics Co (005930.KS), and Western Digital Corp (WDC.O) have manufacturing facilities in Malaysia, while Apple Inc (AAPL.O) uses local suppliers.

Samsung declined to comment. Other tech companies did not respond to Reuters requests for comment on their operations or suppliers in Malaysia.

“If companies start scrutinizing and withdrawing contracts” from electrical and electronics companies, “it will have a ripple effect on the economy,” AmBank said Dass.

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Brady Fintrade CTRM’s Latest Developments Meet Growing Demand for Concentrates and ESGs Mon, 20 Dec 2021 11:30:08 +0000

Electric vehicles are now the preferred mode of transport for green trips, driven by global green transition policies. With this trend comes increased demand for rare metals (called concentrates). Not only are these particularly hard to find in the first place, but high amounts are needed to power EV batteries. This huge increase in the demand for sustainable travel has shifted the demand from petroleum to concentrates.

In addition, customers want to source products ethically. This means that participants in the metals concentrate trading need to ensure that they have the right infrastructure and pricing models to meet growing demand from new and existing customers.

It is now essential to invest in a modernized, technology-driven architecture using intelligent algorithms to more accurately price concentrated products. At the same time, environmental and social governance (ESG) figures high on the agendas of boards of directors. There is a growing demand for ethical sourcing of raw materials in the metals trading value chain, ‘traceability’ an equally important evaluation criterion when considering investing in a new commodity management platform.

Why the concentrate market is gold dust

The pressure to move away from the petroleum trade due to stricter environmental policies has now opened up a space for trading in rare metals used for electric vehicles. So, as electric vehicles gain in importance globally, the raw materials needed to manufacture and generate electric vehicle charging batteries are unsurprisingly circulating more frequently. Coupled with their store of value, it is no surprise that there is increasing demand from customers.

Regulate the concentrate market with Fintrade

With traders now looking to capitalize on the concentrate market, following the electric vehicle boom, they need a system that maps specific nuances on how to navigate trading efficiently and seamlessly. Although they are concerned with sourcing the material instead of producing it, the costs involved remain high. Market volatility, complex contractual conditions, and variation in qualities and content, which change over the term of the contract, make the administration and risk management of metal concentrates complex. Brady’s Fintrade CTRM Solution Offers Concentrate Trading Module which allows the capture of these terms of contract with ease of analysis and reporting on their specificities.

The rising tide of ESG

It is clear that sustainability is playing a more important role in our daily life more than ever. With this, people and businesses become more aware of the materials they use and the products they consume. Companies monitor their carbon footprint and seek to minimize negative social impacts on local communities and exploited regions.

Technology-driven business processes can help reduce the negative impact of commodity trading by ensuring transparency about where materials come from.

With ESG at the forefront of Fintrade’s development, traders can hang on to the boom without compromising their profits or the wider environment. Identifying what evolves along the trade lifecycle, from origin to transport to end point, is a key principle of ESG in the context of commodity trading. Fintrade offers an exceptional inventory management module to help trace goods accurately. Customers can confidently locate and tie goods to trips. In addition, they can assign the appropriate cost value to the goods at any stage (COGS: Cost Of Goods Sold)

Transparency in trading is key

Having access to a holistic commodity management solution that easily connects to an organization’s ecosystem allows traders to better understand the impact of trading. Over the past 12 months, Brady has focused on modernize the architecture of Fintrade, in particular the development of robust APIs, to facilitate interoperability with other business critical systems to lead to even greater business efficiency.

Commodity trading is changing and Brady Fintrade is helping market participants to adjust to speed with confidence.

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The association of tour operators J&K Hajj Umrah welcomes the resumption of Umrah services from India Sat, 18 Dec 2021 18:35:50 +0000

The association of tour operators J&K Hajj Umrah welcomes the resumption of Umrah services from India

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Srinagar, December 18: The Association of Tour Operators of All of Jammu Kashmir Hajj Omra on Saturday welcomed the resumption of Umrah in India after a period of two years.

Saudi Arabia’s Hajj and Umrah Ministry has announced that the kingdom has decided to accept foreign pilgrims who wish to perform Umrah under updated coronavirus restrictions. Saudi Arabia has gradually started to receive Umrah pilgrimage from abroad for vaccinated pilgrims.

India had announced its intention to allow the resumption of scheduled international commercial passenger services from December 15 under certain conditions. However, on December 1, the Central Aviation Authority (DGCA) said it was “closely monitoring” the situation emerging from the Omicron variant of Covid-19 and that the final decision on resuming flight operations international quasi-normal will be taken after consultation with the stakeholders. The DGAC has extended the ban on regular international commercial flights until January 31, 2022. Thus, the resumption of normal flights to Saudi Arabia should start from February 1, 2022, if the situation turns out to be improved by the authorities. concerned. This restriction will not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the DGCA.

However, with the resumption of Umrah, pilgrims wishing to undertake the Umrah pilgrimage can travel to Saudi Arabia via flights via Dubai, Sharjah, Bahrain, Oman and the Gulf after qualifying that country’s Covid-19 protocol.

“We are exploring all possibilities to facilitate the Umrah pilgrimage in a fluid and ethical manner. To avoid disappointments and last-minute inconveniences, we ask the public to book their Umrah pilgrimage only with registered and reputable companies ”, indicates a press release from the association.

The association is a group of Hajj registered tour operators, registered and recognized by the government of the Ministry of Minority Affairs. of India and Ministry of Hajj Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Trade Unions Act of 1926, section 28.

“A list of registered members will be made public for inquiries into the formalities soon,” the statement read.

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Jewelers Likely Selling Myanmar Rubies Linked to Rights Abuses Wed, 15 Dec 2021 09:01:43 +0000

Gemstone mining is currently illegal in Myanmar, following the expiration of the last mining permit in 2020, and commercial mining has all but come to a halt. However, tens of thousands of informal miners have filled the void, according to Global Witness.

These individuals are exploited by the military as well as by non-state armed groups in the Southeast Asian country, formerly known as Burma, according to the NGO.

By controlling the vast resources of the sector, much as it did with the jade trade, the military was able to tighten its grip on power and finance atrocities, including the coup d’etat. year, the report says.

“There is no such thing as an ethically-sourced Burmese ruby,” Clare Hammond, Myanmar campaign manager at Global Witness, said in a statement. “These gems are sold as symbols of human connection and affection, but the supply chain is steeped in corruption and horrific human rights violations.”

Pigeon blood

Celebrated by gemologists, Myanmar rubies have consistently fetched the highest prices on the world market. It is their dark red hue – classified under the so-called “pigeon blood” category – that makes them so coveted by collectors. They are also known for their natural fluorescence, which makes the stones appear to glow from within.

A Cartier ring set with a 25.59-karat Myanmar cushion-shaped ruby ​​called “The Sunrise Ruby” sold for $ 30.3 million at a Sotheby’s auction in 2015. Later that year there, at a Christie’s auction, a Boghossian ring set with a 15-carat Burmese pigeon blood ruby ​​- The Crimson Flame Ruby – sold for $ 18.3 million.

“The Sunrise Ruby” sold for $ 30.3 million at a Sotheby’s auction in 2015. (Image: BBC News | Youtube.)

Following the decision by renowned jeweler Harry Winston last week to stop sourcing gemstones from Myanmar over ethical concerns, pressure is mounting on large retailers to do the same, according to Global Witness.

Of the more than 30 international jewelers, auction houses and retailers contacted by Global Witness, only four – Tiffany & Co., Signet Jewelers, Boodles and Harry Winston – publicly state that they have stopped sourcing their gemstones from the country. Myanmar.

Multi-million dollar sector

The group’s analysis found that at full production, Myanmar’s colorful gemstone industry was worth an average of between $ 346 million and $ 415 million annually, based on official production data. This estimate is conservative, as unofficial sources suggest the sector could be worth up to five times as much.

This is not the first time that an NGO has called on buyers to boycott Myanmar’s colored stones, especially during the holiday season. The United States-based International Campaign for the Rohingya (ICR) campaigned in 2018 in hopes of punishing the military regime that killed thousands of Rohingyas in 2017.

Myanmar’s government has persecuted the Rohingya for more than four decades, denying them citizenship, refusing to let them vote in elections and launching several campaigns to expel them from the country.

Several countries, including the United States and Canada, have imposed sanctions on a Myanmar state-owned gem company in an attempt to reduce the military junta’s ability to generate revenue.

Most of the gemstones mined in Myanmar are sold to China, where demand is high and buyers are willing to pay more. Beijing did not condemn this year’s coup.

Many big international brands such as Chopard and Boucheron buy rubies from Mozambique, where Gemfields became a rival supplier of rubies in the early 2010s. The mining company, however, has also been linked to human rights violations and the corruption, according to Global Witness.

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A vision for transforming Canada’s public health system Mon, 13 Dec 2021 16:19:00 +0000

OTTAWA, ON, December 13, 2021 / CNW / – Today, my annual report on the state of public health in the Canada, entitled ‘A vision for transforming Canada’s public health system‘, was tabled in Parliament by the Honorable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health. The report is a call to strengthen our public health system by Canada, to ensure that we are better equipped against current and future health threats.

COVID-19 has severely strained public health systems by Canada and all over the world. From the start of the pandemic, from Canada The public health system has been in the spotlight, as the first line of defense against the SARS-CoV-2 virus. As the pandemic continues, we have seen our public health system adapt rapidly to meet the challenge of protecting the health of Canadians. It has delivered – but at a significant cost: our public health system is dangerously stretched and in need of critical reinforcements.

The pandemic served as an important wake-up call about the need for a public health renewal in Canada. And while fighting the pandemic remains from Canada top priority, other complex public health challenges require urgent attention. These include the health impacts of climate change, the opioid overdose crisis, antimicrobial resistance and the worsening mental health of Canadians.

Throughout the consultation sessions I have held to inform the development of this report, I have often heard that the broader role of public health is not fully understood by those outside the sector. of public health. In public health, the population is the patient. The mission of public health is to prevent injury and disease, promote healthy behaviors, and ensure that ALL people have an equal opportunity to stay healthy and healthy. Public health is the epidemic that didn’t happen, the traumatic injury that didn’t happen, and the opioid overdose that was avoided.

An effective health care system is more than just treating illnesses with drugs and hospital procedures – it means preventing them first and foremost. Public health and health systems complement each other: by keeping people healthy, our public health system reduces the burden on our health system and contributes to its sustainability. We need to change the way we think about and value health in our country, so that we come to value prevention and well-being in the same way we value treatment and medical care.

In my 2020 annual report From risk to resilience: a fair approach to COVID-19, I described how the people in Canada were not on a level playing field when the pandemic took hold. Wider inequalities in our society have resulted in disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 on the health of some populations in Canada. The same people who have been hit hardest by COVID-19 will also be those who have been hit hardest by other health crises.

We must take steps to ensure that everyone in Canada is also protected and able to achieve optimal health in the future.

In my report, I outline four priority areas for action, intended to stimulate the transformation of the public health system:

  • Strengthening our public health workforce: The pandemic has wreaked havoc among public health workers, who have worked day and night for nearly two years, with frequent reports of burnout. At the same time, it has also aroused increased interest in the field of public health. We must continue this progress and work to recruit, retain and train the next generation of public health professionals, with a highly skilled, diverse and inclusive workforce that best reflects the communities it serves. Surge capacity is also needed to rapidly increase the workforce in an emergency.

  • Improve our public health tools: Our response to the pandemic has been hampered in part by significant gaps in our public health surveillance and data systems – including a lack of data on race and ethnicity, a lack of comparable data across provinces, and territories and information gaps at the local level.

    In collaboration with federal, provincial and territorial governments, the Pan-Canadian Health Data Strategy aims to address these gaps in a safe and ethical manner. Its deadlines must be accelerated to ensure that public health has the right data at the right time for effective decision-making. We must also strengthen a “made-inCanada“research program, in order to identify the most effective public health interventions and models to improve the health of populations and reduce health inequalities.

  • Modernize our governance models and collaboration structures: The pandemic has demonstrated unequivocally that we cannot work in a vacuum and that complex public health challenges require a “whole of society” approach, working together across jurisdictions, sectors, industries, communities and borders. We need to ensure that these efforts are better supported, with collective action based on clear and measurable indicators, to understand whether we are achieving our goals of better health for all.

    First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities should also be supported in developing their own public health priorities, plans and solutions.

  • Ensure stable and consistent funding to match the public health mandate: As we have seen in the past, public health resources are often squeezed after public health emergencies as governments tackle other priorities. This is called the “boom and bust” cycle of public health spending. This disadvantages the public health system at the onset of each crisis by not having the capacity or networks necessary for a rapid response..

    In the future, public health needs sustained investments at all levels of government. Pan-Canadian goals and priorities should be set by federal, provincial and territorial governments, and federal funding could be used to support these priorities with an annual report to Canadians on our progress.

While the COVID-19 pandemic is not yet over, now is the time to think about the future. I hope the recommendations outlined in my report spark much-needed national dialogue and catalyze collective action on public health renewal.

We have witnessed remarkable achievements throughout the pandemic, including the largest mass immunization campaign in Canadian history, which mobilized many sectors and individuals across the country, examples of community ownership of pandemic response and innovative local efforts to help community members in need. This is just a glimpse of what is possible when we all work together.

Public health is a responsibility we all share. To fully realize a world-class public health system, we must all be invested.

By joining forces across communities, governments, sectors and internationally, we can build a public health system that serves us all best and supports a healthy and prosperous society.

It’s by working together that we can make sure we get it right.

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khadi: Ready for international fashion debut: Khadi in Patagonia’s footsteps Sun, 12 Dec 2021 01:00:00 +0000 Khadi, considered by many to be the national fabric of India, is set to make his international fashion debut.

US outdoor clothing and equipment retailer Patagonia Inc has purchased 30,000 meters of khadi denim fabric from India, Vinai Kumar Saxena, chairman of the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) told ET.

The California-based company, which has hundreds of stores around the world, procured the fabric worth 1.08 crore from Gujarat through the Arvind Mills-KVIC partnership after a third party certified that all ” ethical standards ”were observed in the manufacturing process. .

The order was executed over 12 months, until October 2021.

KVIC signed an agreement with Arvind Mills in July 2017 to market Khadi denim products worldwide. Arvind Mills subsequently purchased khadi denim fabric annually from KVIC certified khadi institutions in Gujarat, KVIC officials said.

The deal was started when a team from Patagonia visited Udyog Bharti, a Khadi institution in Gondal in Rajkot to see the process of making Khadi denim. Satisfied with the quality of the denim, the team placed orders for four types of denim fabric, made from 100% cotton and ranging in width from 28 inches to 34 inches.

However, the purchase order was only made after Patagonia had performed a third party audit of “ethical standards” through the US reviewer NEST.

The NEST seal assures consumers that the purchased item has been “ethically handcrafted in a home or small workshop.”

This is the first time that a Khadi institution in the country has been assessed and certified by an independent international assessor for meeting the ethical standards of its operations.

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