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R.J. King is editor of DBusiness magazine, DBusiness Daily News, Tech and Mobility News, Detroit 500, and Michigan Makers, all of which cover companies in metro Detroit and Michigan that are expanding locally, nationally, and internationally. He is author of four books — “Detroit: Engine of America,” a gold medal recipient of the Midwest Book Awards, “8 Track: The First Mobile App,” “Passport to the Corner Office: The Starter’s Guide to Corporate Life,” and “Mystical.” Since 2011, DBusiness magazine has been honored with more than 45 Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals in the Editorial Excellence Awards from the Alliance of Area Business Publishers, including being named the top regional business magazine in the country. Prior to launching DBusiness in 2006, Mr. King was a business writer for The Detroit News for 16 years, where he wrote more than 4,000 articles covering economic development, automotive, aerospace, health care, technology, transportation, and other business sectors. Mr. King is a board member of the Brother Rice Business Alliance, Beyond Basics, Detroit Aircraft Corp., Detroit Spacecraft Corp., ASX, and the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he serves on the Board of Trustees for The Parade Co. and Detroit Sessions. He is a member of the Detroit Athletic Club, and on the board of the DAC Executives Club and the DAC Car Club as well as a member of the DAC Marketing and Communications Committee. Named a Knight of Woodward, he is a member of the Boston-Edison Historic District and the University of Michigan Alumni Association. In 2014, Mr. King was inducted into the International Heritage Foundation’s Heritage Hall of Fame.
Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn is working with its international nonprofit and grantmaking partners to support and promote a pilot program that will empower women working in the copper and cobalt supply chains in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The region has emerged as a key resource for critical metals that have become the keystone of the energy transition as the automotive industry electrifies more vehicles. The Promoting the Empowerment of Women in Copper and Cobalt Mineral Supply Chains program seeks to increase access to profitable, sustainable enterprises by training women on financial education, business management, mining innovation and leadership, and formalizing women’s Artisanal Small Mines cooperatives that allow equal access to market opportunities. The program will track the impact of and inform future public policy and private programs through an analytical study on women in cobalt and Artisanal and Small Mines supply chains. “This program will help minimize poverty of women in the cobalt supply chain and address one of the root causes of child labor,” said Sue Slaughter, purchasing material cost and supply chain sustainability director at Ford. “Built with feedback from women in the DRC, this is a positive step in developing the skills and capabilities of women in the region, helping them compete fairly, and ultimately, supporting future generations of women who aspire to have their own businesses. The pilot project is an example of how the auto industry can improve mineral supply chains, empower women, and protect the rights of the most vulnerable.” The program demonstrates how Ford is already taking action in response to the International Labour Organization and the United Nations Global Compact’s Action Pledge for the Elimination of Child Labour, which describes actions companies can take to eliminate child labor around the world by 2025. In signing the pledge, Ford commits to respect human rights by extending policies and due diligence processes outlined in the company’s human rights policy that prohibit child labor to its suppliers and business partners, and is implementing a new Supplier Code of Conduct. Ford will also engage with the Responsible Business Alliance and other multi-stakeholder groups to encourage others across industries to adopt best practices to end child labor. “As the first major U.S. automaker to sign the pledge, Ford is taking this opportunity to show leadership within the industry to eliminate child labor not just in our business, but also in our supply chain,” says Mary Wroten, director of global sustainability and ESG at Ford. “By holding our suppliers and partners to the same high standards, we can work towards building a better world.” Ford Motor Company Fund, the company’s philanthropic arm, is supporting the program in collaboration with the Ford Purchasing group. Through its global grantmaking partner, GlobalGiving, Ford Fund and Ford Purchasing selected a responsible mineral sourcing project under the administration of the Oil and Mining Governance Center, a nonprofit that operates within the governance of natural resources in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Democratic Republic of Congo, a lead producer of cobalt, exported approximately 70 percent of global demand in 2020. Of these exports, 14 percent are estimated to be from Artisanal and Small Mines, much of which have been associated with child labor. Given the production capacity, the Democratic Republic of Congo occupies a central place in the upstream supply chains for these minerals. Increasing demand for cobalt offers economic and social opportunities to communities surrounding the metal’s extraction. Women are employed in all sectors of the cobalt and copper ore supply chains in the provinces where the program is being organized. Oil and Mining Governance Center’s field observations report many of these women experience frequent discrimination and abuse, and do not have equal access to financial education or opportunities to manage small and medium-sized enterprises. To learn more about Ford’s sustainability leadership, progress, and commitments, visit sustainability.ford.com.

Ford Seeks to Empower Women Working in DRC Copper and Cobalt Supply Chains

Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn is working with its international nonprofit and grantmaking partners to support and promote a pilot program that will empower women working in the copper and cobalt supply chains in...
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Beaumont Health and Spectrum Health Explore Creation of a New Hospital System

Beaumont Health in Southfield, Michigan’s largest health care system, and Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids today announced they have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to explore the creation of a new health system.Leaders from...
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