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News

RMI and GRI Partner to Enhance Reporting on Responsible Minerals Sourcing from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas

Apr 10, 2018 | The Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) today announced a project to help improve companies’ minerals sourcing due diligence and impact reporting by providing reporting resources and tools based on internationally recognized frameworks.

RMI Deploys New Approaches for Due Diligence

Mar 13, 2018 | The Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI), formerly the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI), a coalition of leading companies dedicated to improving the security and human rights conditions in their minerals supply chains, today announced new tools to enable responsible sourcing from conflict-affected and high-risk areas.

Responsible Minerals Initiative Helps Companies Identify and Address Cobalt Mining Challenges in the DRC and Other High-Risk Areas

Mar 5, 2018 | Today’s CBS News story, which is based in part on earlier reports by Amnesty International, highlights persistent challenges for industry supply chains related to responsibly sourcing cobalt from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and other conflict-affected and high-risk areas. The focus of this CBS News story is children working in artisanal cobalt mines in the DRC. The Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI), formerly the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI), and its members condemn in the strongest terms the abhorrent use of child labor and we actively work to assist member companies to identify and address this issue in their global supply chains.

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.

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.