We as humans share this world we live in and I think many people have forgotten the importance of what it means to coexist. To live with great purpose, serve others with compassion, share wisdom, and treat the environment with kindness, is a vision that needs to become reality.
Last year my life changed and my eyes became transparent windows. For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to write. Novels, newsworthy articles, children’s literature, and travel journalism; all luminaries to my literary conquests. Writing was customary to my viability but only while working for Source Intelligence, has my research given me the awakening knowledge that compels the decisions, I now make for my future. My writing fueled by deep inspiration, focused on the axis of environmental, social, and sustainability practices which inevitably uncovered a devout passion for Human Rights.
Before I began writing for Source Intelligence I was one of the millions who was blissfully unaware that their consumerism was kindling the war on Conflict Minerals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and its adjoining Eastern countries. It was a devastating revelation to discover the African roots of the “World’s Deadliest War” surfacing indirectly by the hands of U.S. and international consumption. A cell phone, computer, or an automobile, are all potential culprits of fueling the war. The war on Conflict Minerals is that of a holocaust with over 5.4 million dead in the last fifteen years and fatalities still rampant. The statistics don’t lie and the numbers reveal an ugly truth; Africa is the melting pot of rich natural resources and extreme terrorism.
The legislation of U.S. law Dodd Frank, Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act SEC 1502, regarding the mitigation and consumption of Conflict Minerals was a relief but also serves as a double edged sword. I’ve realized the more powerful an industry is, the less likely they are to readily accept change. But I know there is hope. There were trail blazers that began programs with Source even before the legislation was finalized.
I feel an incredible appreciation for Source Intelligence (SI) and the difference they are making to create awareness of Human Rights issues in Africa and transparency in industry supply chains. In a few short years the focus has expanded at the demand of global brands for support from bribery (FCPA), Haz Chemical, and ultimately child labor. SI is a first class establishment driven by brilliant, innovative thinkers, and industry experts who have elevated the standard for supply chain compliance solutions.
If I hadn’t been given the privilege of working for such a company I would never have realized my underlying passion for Human Rights and the health of our environment. Stay tuned.