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News

Responsible Minerals Initiative Helps Companies Address Supply Chain Issues Identified in Latest Amnesty Report

Nov 14, 2017 | The Amnesty International report, “Time to Recharge,” published today highlights persistent challenges for industry supply chains related to responsibly sourcing cobalt from conflict-affected and high-risk areas. Those challenges include identifying, preventing and addressing human rights abuses and hazardous conditions in some cobalt mines – particularly artisanal mines. The RMI works within the framework of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance and to help companies meet legal, customer and government requirements and sourcing expectations of the global community. Through its members, the RMI has been working on the responsible sourcing of cobalt as a focus area since early 2017. The RMI aims to create the enabling conditions for companies to carry out their due diligence in accordance with the OECD Guidance by providing common programs, resources and tools.

Five Practical Steps for Conflict Minerals Due Diligence and SEC Disclosure Published by CFSI

Apr 12, 2017 | The Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI), a coalition of leading companies dedicated to improving the security and human rights conditions in their raw materials supply chains, today announced the publication of an updated white paper that details practical steps for companies to meet SEC conflict mineral reporting requirements and conform to OECD Guidance.

CFSI Welcomes European Union Conflict Minerals Regulation

Mar 16, 2017 | The Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI), a coalition of leading companies dedicated to improving the security and human rights conditions in their raw materials supply chains, welcomes the European Union (EU) regulation on supply chain due diligence obligations for EU importers of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold (3TG). The new regulation was approved today by the European Parliament and will next go before the European Council.

CFSI Enables Companies to Comply With New EU Conflict Minerals Legislation

May 27, 2015 | The Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI) today announced it stands ready to help companies navigate compliance with the pending conflict minerals legislation that was recently voted on by the European Parliament. In addition, the CFSI is adopting a risk-based approach to its audit program to bolster audits of smelters and refiners of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold worldwide.

Updated Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (4.0) Now Available

Apr 30, 2015 | A new Conflict Minerals Reporting Template, version 4.0 (CMRT 4.0), is available from the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative. The leading multi-industry tool to facilitate transfer of information throughout the supply chain in support of conflict-free sourcing, CMRT 4.0 includes an updated Standard Smelter List and numerous translation improvements. CFSI recommends that companies use CMRT 3.0, 3.01 or 3.02 versions for the collection of 2014 supply chain data, and the 3.02 version of the Standard Smelter List, for filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in 2015 where required. CMRT 4.0 is not recommended for filing 2014 supply chain data, but is designed for 2015 reporting.

Updated Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (3.02) Now Available

Nov 7, 2014 | November 7, 2014, Alexandria, Virginia – A new Conflict Minerals Reporting Template version 3.02 (CMRT 3.02) was published today by the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative. The leading multi-industry tool to facilitate transfer of information throughout the supply chain in support of conflict-free sourcing, CMRT 3.02 includes a number of updates from the current version 3.01, including an updated Standard Smelter List and numerous translation improvements. CFSI recommends that companies use CMRT 3.00 version and higher for the collection of 2014 supply chain data, as well as the 3.02 version of the Standard Smelter List, for filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in 2015 where required.

Publications

Five Practical Steps for Conflict Minerals Due Diligence and SEC Disclosure

Apr 10, 2017 | This is an update to RMI’s 2015 Five Practical Steps White Paper. In summary, this paper gives examples of how a company may use the OECD Guidance to meet SEC requirements and seeks to provide clear explanations, practical tips and recognized progressive practices for companies on collecting and assessing information about the 3TG in their supply chain that should inform company decision-making and public reporting. This updated version includes additional options for companies that would like to implement recognized progressive practices in their responsible sourcing programs.

Comments on Reconsideration of Conflict Minerals Rule Implementation

Mar 14, 2017 | The Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) submitted comments regarding a statement by the Acting Chairman of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on reconsideration of Dodd-Frank Section 1502.

Bisie Stocks Reports

Jul 19, 2016 | A compilation of recent reports related to the 'Bisie Mineral Stock’, cassiterite from Bisié, Walikale Territory, North Kivu, DRC which was mined primarily over the period between 2011-2015.

Testimony to US House of Representatives

Nov 16, 2015 | Hearing on Dodd-Frank’s Conflict Minerals Provision, written submission of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) before the Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade of the Committee on Financial Services U.S. House of Representatives

Five Practical Steps to Support SEC Conflict Minerals Disclosure

Feb 28, 2015 | This paper is intended as a practical guide for Downstream Companies that have reporting obligations on conflict minerals. This paper may also be helpful for suppliers to better understand their customers’ expectations and requirements.

SRZ and RMI Analysis of First Conflict Minerals Filings to SEC

Sep 18, 2014 | This white paper contains key take-aways from the first round of filings to the SEC on June 2, 2014 and provides recommendations for ongoing compliance.