What you can expect to learn: In this webinar you will learn about human rights abuses in the mining sector of the electronics supply chain that affect workers, their families, and their communities. The webinar will focus on the most important metals for the electronics industry and explore existing initiatives that address human rights issues in the mining sector. Presenters will discuss how to address the human rights issues as part of a program on socially responsible public procurement and highlight the experiences of University of Edinburgh, the first higher education institution in the UK to adopt a formal conflict minerals policy. This policy includes procurement practices, research and awareness raising.
Esther de Haan, Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO), Netherlands.
Esther de Haan is researcher and part of the management team at SOMO, focusing on supply chain responsibility in different industries such as garments, electronics and extractives. She has published widely on topics such as operational level grievance mechanisms, migrant worker rights, and corporate accountability. Esther holds a Master's degree in International Relations and a postgraduate diploma in HIV/AIDS Management from the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa).
Liz Cooper, Research and Policy Manager, Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability, The University of Edinburgh.
Liz Cooper manages a programme of work on fairness in trade and sustainable procurement, working closely with the Procurement Office, academics, students, and external partners. The University has been a member of Electronics Watch since 2014, and has policy commitments on fair trade, conflict minerals, and modern slavery. Before working at the University, Liz worked for a number of years on fair trade and livelihoods initiatives in Senegal and India, and completed an MSc in Business and Community.