RMI Annual Conference 209

Staff and Governance

Governance and Oversight

The Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) is coordinated by staff and is overseen by a Steering Committee of the membership. Members of RMI participate in a variety of working groups on specific issues and tools. The RMI is an initiative of the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) and is managed by and housed within the offices of the RBA.

RBA is an ISEAL subscriber, and through this subscription RMI is working towards achieving full ISEAL membership, which will include an independent evaluation against the ISEAL Impacts and Assurance Codes.

RMI Staff

The RMI staff is currently comprised of a Vice President, Director of Innovations, Project Manager, Senior Program Manager, and Program Associate. To contact staff with any questions, please email RMI@ResponsibleBusiness.org

RMI staff manage the Responsible Minerals Assurance Process which utilizes approved independent third-party audit firms. Information about RMAP's Audit Firm and Auditor Approval process can be found here.

Steering Committee

The RMI Steering Committee consists of 9 voting positions and 2 ex-officio nonvoting positions. The Steering Committee is responsible for the strategic guidance and direction of the RMI and reports to the RBA Board of Directors, including but not limited to:

  • The general management and direction of the RMI, including its goals and objectives;
  • Development and oversight of the organization’s strategic plan;
  • Approval of the annual operating budget;
  • Establishing membership dues amount;
  • Expulsion of Partner Members (Partner Members are companies not affiliated with RBA or GeSI);
  • Expulsion of Partner Associations, with the reserved right to assess, on a case-by-case basis, the admission of Partner Associations;
  • The decision to delegate tasks to committees and/or working groups and the oversight of these activities; and
  • The management, review, and modification of the operating procedures.

The 2019 members of the RMI Steering Committee are:

  • Christine Ackerson, Head of Sustainability, LG Electronics
  • Kazuko Andersen, Deputy Director, Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (ex-officio)
  • Niels Angel, Head of Sustainability in the Supply Chain, BMW Group
  • Marius Baader, Head of Department Automotive Supply Industry and Medium-Sized Businesses, VDA (ex-officio)
  • Ephi Banaynal dela Cruz, Senior Director, Responsible Sourcing and Certifications, Microsoft (Chair)
  • David Hancock, Supplier Management, Boeing
  • Meera Pau Mehta, Corporate Responsibility Program Manager, ArcelorMittal
  • Jean-Paul Meutcheho, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Conflict Minerals, Global Advanced Metals
  • Adam Schafer, Director of Supply Chain Sustainability, GSM, Intel Corporation
  • Kathleen Shaver, Director of Supplier Social Responsibility, Supplier Responsibility, Apple Inc.
  • Prerna Tomar, Public Policy Counsel, US Public Affairs, Samsung Electronics America (ex-officio)

RMI Standard Advisory Group

The RMI Standard Setting Group is a multi-stakeholder group of experts that will consider and advise on steps to ensure that the technical aspects and design of the RMI audit system are aligned with high quality and best practices. The Standard Setting Group provides technical guidance for use in the development and implementation of RMI’s standards. This group makes recommendations for review by the RMI Steering Committee and currently includes the following members:

  • Andreina Hines, bio forthcoming
  • Catherine Hansen, since 2016 Catherine has been gaining experience in program managing and auditing against standards such as RMAP, RJC, SRSP, Responsible Source, ARM and Recycled Content. As a former Sustainability Consultant, Catherine has further experience managing FSC and BIFMA Level programs.
  • Carly Oboth, Policy Advisor for Global Witness focusing on responsible sourcing of minerals. She is the lead researcher and main author of “Digging for Transparency,” a joint report with Amnesty International about lessons learned from the first conflict mineral SEC filings.
  • Felix Hruschka, Mining Engineer and Mineral Economist with 25 years of experience related to the Artisanal and Small-scale Mining sector. Based in Austria, he works as independent consultant in Asia, Africa and Latin America and serves as Standards Director of the Alliance for Responsible Mining.
  • Frank Habig, Since 2011, has been a Manager Raw Material Compliance at H.C. Starck Tantalum and Niobium GmbH with several years of experience in HSEQ Management Systems before that. 
  • John Atherton, Director for strategic policy on the responsible provision of minerals and metals and leadership in development and implementation of the ICMM’s Materials Stewardship programme.
  • Liz Muller, Over 25 years of compliance program development, auditing and responsible supply chain strategy experience. She helps support multi-stakeholder initiatives develop and implement standards and audit programs, including global protocols and audit tools. She led one of three original global audit firms that conducted audits of smelters under the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI).
  • Steffen Schmidt, Mining Geologist with 25 years+ experience; since 2008 Project Manager / International Mining with Wolfram Bergbau & Hütten AG, a leading tungsten refinery; extensive experience with diverse concentrate supply chains world-wide; responsible for conflict mineral compliance.
  • Warit Choovaree, Procurement Director of Thaisarco, based in Phuket, Thailand, with 22 years experience in the tin industry.
  • Walker Young, bio forthcoming

External Stakeholders

The RMI regularly engages with external stakeholders in order to stay abreast of key stakeholder issues and concerns, inform stakeholders of program developments, and to solicit feedback on RMI programs and initiatives.  This is done both through individual meetings and through the RMI’s monthly multi-stakeholder calls.  In addition, RMI has a public consultation process for new programs, allowing for input from the public and interested parties to guide the development and continual improvement of RMI’s work.

RMI participates in numerous external bodies, including but not limited to:

Independent Review Committee (IRC)

The IRC’s role is to review and issue a determination on appeals to an RMAP decision.  The IRC meets as necessary when an auditee disagrees with the RMAP determination, or when the auditor and quality control process come to a standstill.  All reviews made by the IRC must be done by quorum determined by majority representation of IRC members. Any voting IRC member shall not have a direct commercial relation with the auditee or auditor and, if so, must abstain from the review of the given report.

Currently the IRC consists of the following individuals:

  • Patrick Neyts: 30 years of expertise in strategic supply chain transparency, traceability, supply chain auditing. International lecturer on globalization and ethics. Subject matter expert on ethics and systems standards and implementation including management process for transition/change and remediation. Expert witness to European, International and United Nations institutions, International Human Rights Court on Supply Chain and Human Rights.
  • Michael Rohwer: Former Program Director for RMI and authored revisions to the RMAP Protocols, Procedures, and Standards and Instructions. Experienced regulatory attorney and frequent presenter on Dodd-Frank Act Section 1502 compliance and OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas.
  • Steven B. Young: Professor with extensive expertise in sustainable supply-chains, corporate social responsibility and business sustainability, ISO management systems and standards, certification programs and auditing processes, and metallurgy and materials engineering.


RMI is an initiative of RBA, a non-profit 501(c)(6) tax-exempt organization, and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative.  RMI does not conduct lobbying activities.

The majority of RMI’s funding comes from member dues of $7,500 per year for Partner Members, $10,000 per year for Partner Associations, and $5,500 per year for members of Partner Associations. See the membership page for more information.  RMI receives in-kind support from RBA, financial support from GeSI, and project donations from Members and Partner Associations.

In 2015, RBA established the EICC Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization to support the charitable, scientific, and educational activities of RBA and its initiatives, including the RMI.