Counterfeit Dont Buy Into Organized Crime
January 14, 2014
Hosted by Stan Salot Jr.
Faulty counterfeited products can lead directly to injury and death. The vast range of items which are illegally copied and sold in stores and online can have serious health and safety consequences and have been raised in various parts of the world. Yet, despite the growing concerns expressed by many governmental and global advocacy groups, counterfeiting continues. It is a hugely profitable business, with criminals relying on the continued high demand for cheap goods coupled with low production costs. A new global campaign by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is launched today to raise awareness among consumers of the over $250 billion a year illicit trafficking of counterfeit goods. The campaign – ‘Counterfeit: Don’t buy into organized crime’ – informs consumers that buying counterfeit goods could be funding organized criminal groups, puts our health and safety at risk and contributes to serious ethical and environmental concerns. Our special guests, Mr. Alun Jones, Chief of Communications and Advocacy of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and Mr. Frank J. Ciano, senior partner at Goldberg Segalla’s New York office, will talk about the potential ramifications of counterfeiting, including how you can make purchasing decisions that exclude the potential of placing yourself, your company and most important your customer base to the risk of an accident.
People to People: Working Together for Your Safety
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We tell our children to wash their hands routinely, clean the kitchen and bathroom thoroughly (since they tend to harbor the most germs), and buy eco-friendly cleaners to protect our planet. But, despite our best efforts, hazardous and counterfeit materials are still slipping into our homes and environment. While you may know the basics of shopping for safe and environmentally friendly products, including the brands to look for, it is still easy to miss products that pose health risks. In fact, some hazardous materials, albeit small amounts, are allowed in the products we buy: musical birthday cards, earrings, light bulbs, hair bands and brushes, school supplies, and even electronic and non-electronic toys. Do you know that chemicals in common household products can be everywhere, from plastics to packaging to your garden hose?
Stan Salot Jr.
Mr. Salot is a leading expert in business and quality process management. As the President and Chief Executive Officer of the ECC Corporation, he represents the interests of the U.S. industry in the International Electro-Technical Commission Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components (IECQ). Mr. Salot is a member of several distinctive industry bodies, including the IECQ Chairman’s Advisory Group, the U. S. Technical Advisory Group for Environmental Management Standards, the U.S. SAE Working Groups for Counterfeit Mitigation Standards and the American National Standards Institute. Moreover, he was the chairman of the international IECQ Working Group 5 authoring the international certification scheme. This program is used by electrical, mechanical, toy and other consumer goods manufacturers to demonstrate their compliance with hazardous substance process management (HSPM). Mr. Salot is the current convener of the International Working Group 6 that maintains the International Counterfeit Mitigation Certification Scheme. A frequent guest speaker on radio and Internet TV programs, Mr. Salot is also the host of the VoiceAmerica Show called: People to People– Working Together for Your Safety. He is author of “The Hazardous Substance Process Management Handbook” and he regularly contributes articles in national and international technical journals and online magazines.