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Jason will be speaking on an Iasta webinar this Wednesday.
10 Ways To Drive Procurement Influence Using Advanced Technology -- The journey to becoming a best-in-class, integrated category management company requires you to grow your sourcing pipeline with projects that align with your organization's goals and growth initiatives. Using advanced technology to streamline your strategic sourcing process will help you implement data-driven decisions that earn the support of your executives. In addition, strong user adoption will expand your procurement department's reach and influence your entire organization.

Don't drink the water...
EPA Orders Amtrak To Test Drinking Water On Trains -- Amtrak has agreed to test the drinking water systems annually in all of its water-carrying railcars, avoiding EPA enforcement action. EPA characterizes the agreement as a "consent order" that settles potential litigation under the Safe Drinking Water Act. Signed by Amtrak officials Thursday, The consent order brings the rail passenger service up to a standard EPA imposed on airlines after EPA agents conducting random tests in 2004 found coliform bacteria in the drinking water of 15 percent of aircraft at 19 U.S. airports. After reaching similar agreements with airlines, EPA turned its attention to Amtrak.

BP oil spill: Two years later.
Slideshow: The Animals Still Suffering From the BP Oil Spill -- riday marked the two-year anniversary of the disastrous BP oil spill. Triggered by the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig on April 20, 2010, the tragedy took the lives of 11 people and continues to threaten the animals and ecology of the Gulf of Mexico. Two years later, TNR takes a look at some of the animals that continue to be affected by the spill, which spewed about 4.9 million barrels of oil into the water.

The ugly truth.
INDIA: Dalit women exploited in garment supply chain -- A report, called 'Maid in India', found that despite a range of "well meaning initiatives", thousands of women in the garment and textile industry in Tamil Nadu work under recruitment and employment schemes that amount to bonded labour. It found that workers are recruited within and outside the state, and that the majority of workers are Dalit girls aged under 18. They come from poor families and are lured with promises of a decent wage, comfortable accommodation and, in some cases, a sum of money upon completion of their contract that may be used for their dowry. These recruitment and employment practices are often referred to as 'Sumangali scheme'. The two groups have reached out to more than 70 US and European brands, retailers and buying houses, including C&A, Diesel, American Eagle Outfitters, Primark, Decathlon, PVH, Quicksilver, as well as suppliers like Crystal Martin, who allegedly source from the exploitative manufacturers.

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