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New Report Provides Insights on Responsible Sourcing in Automotive and Electronics Industries

Jul 12, 2018

Drive Sustainability and the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) today announced the release of a new study examining responsible sourcing of materials in the automotive and electronics industries. The report, Material Change, was commissioned by Drive Sustainability and the Responsible Minerals Initiative and completed by The Dragonfly Initiative (TDI).

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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.

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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.

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

Mar 05, 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Updated Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (3.02) Now Available

Nov 07, 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.

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CFSI Welcomes U.S. Department of Commerce Report on Conflict Minerals Processing Facilities; Looks Forward to Future Collaboration

Sep 08, 2014

The leading industry initiative on conflict minerals, the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI), welcomes the recent report from the U.S. Department of Commerce on conflict minerals processing facilities, and looks forward to the Department of Commerce’s efforts to collaborate further with existing industry efforts on conflict minerals due diligence.

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Statement on U.S. court ruling on conflict minerals regulations

Apr 17, 2014

Founded in 2008, the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative is a collaboration across industries of companies committed to conflict-free supply chains and supporting peaceful development in the Great Lakes region of Africa. The passage of the U.S. Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in 2010 increased global awareness of conflict minerals issues, including that the use of these minerals affects many industries. The goal of the CFSI is to allow companies to make informed decisions when sourcing minerals. Monday’s court ruling invalidating one aspect of the SEC final rule does not affect the programs of the CFSI. We will continue to engage with smelters and refiners to validate their conflict status and to assist our members to collect and manage data regarding the sources of minerals in their supply chains. The CFSI will also continue to monitor legal developments and assess any impact to our programs.

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