The Extended Minerals Reporting Template (EMRT) is a free, standardized reporting template developed by the Responsible Minerals Initiative to identify pinch points and collect due diligence information in the cobalt and mica supply chains. This is a new release that was formally launched on October 20, 2021. The RMI recommends using EMRT v. 1.0 or higher for the Reporting Year.
Download the Template
Download the latest version of the EMRT (version 1.01) below.
The major changes you will see in EMRT v. 1.01 (released November 23, 2021) include:
- Minor revisions to correct reported issues including those related to the “Declaration”, "Checker" and "Smelter List" tabs, and Chinese and Korean translations
The next version of the EMRT is anticipated to be released in the Fall of 2022.
FOR A LIST OF CURRENTLY IDENTIFIED COBALT REFINERS AND MICA PROCESSORS, CLICK HERE. This list is subject to expand as additional cobalt refiners and mica processors are confirmed.
The RMI has been made aware that modified versions of the Extended Minerals Reporting Template and unofficial Raw Materials Reporting Template (RMRT) is being circulated. The RMI does not recognize any modified Minerals Reporting Template which was not developed through our cross-industry consensus process.
Company Identification Questionnaire (CIQ)
The disposition process to review and add cobalt refiners and mica processors is ongoing. To submit the name of a refiner and/or processor, download and complete the Company Identification Questionnaire (CHI | KOR also available). Submit completed Company Identification Questionnaires (CIQs) to email@example.com.
EMRT Completion Guide
Click here for a new downloadable guide on how to complete EMRT v. 1.0 and higher.
We welcome error reports, please contact us at RMI@ResponsibleBusiness.org.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the Extended Minerals Reporting Template (EMRT)?
- The Extended Minerals Reporting Template (EMRT) is a free, standardized reporting template created by the Responsible Business Alliance® (RBA®). The EMRT facilitates the exchange of information through the supply chain regarding mineral country of origin and processors being utilized. In doing so, it supports companies’ exercise of due diligence in accordance with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas. The MRT also facilitates the identification of refiners and processors.
- The EMRT was designed for downstream companies to gather and disclose information about their supply chains. RMI members collaboratively developed this tool to create efficiencies and simplify the supply chain surveying process. Downstream companies include those companies from the end user up to but not including the refiner or processor. If your company is a refiner or processor, we recommend you enter your company’s name in the Smelter List tab.
- The EMRT's scope is currently limited to cobalt and natural mica supply chains.
- Why is the EMRT different from the CMRT?
- The CMRT is intended, in part, to facilitate the exchange of data necessary for compliance with Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act. There are no regulatory compliance requirements in place for cobalt or mica at this time.
- Where do I submit my completed EMRT? Does RMI collect these?
- The RMI does not collect EMRTs. EMRTs should be provided to your customers and as a good practice measure, and may be posted on your external web site.
- What is a Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Area and how do I know if I am sourcing from one?
- The OECD defines conflict-affected and high-risk areas as areas that are identified by the presence of armed conflict, widespread violence or other risks of harm to people. Armed conflict may take a variety of forms, such as a conflict of international or non-international character, which may involve two or more states, or may consist of wars of liberation, or insurgencies, civil wars, etc. High-risk areas may include areas of political instability or repression, institutional weakness, insecurity, collapse of civil infrastructure and widespread violence. Such areas are often characterized by widespread human rights abuses and violations of national or international law.
- The European Union defines conflict-affected and high-risk areas as areas in a state of armed conflict, fragile post-conflict areas, as well as areas witnessing weak or non-existing governance and security, such as failed states, and widespread and systematic violations of international law, including human rights abuses
- While there is no definitive list of conflict-affected and high-risk areas, each company can utilize the resources provided here to make that determination.
- On Question 3, an answer of “Unknown” is an acceptable response.
- Why are some of the cobalt refiners or mica processors on my suppliers’ lists not recognized by the EMRT?
- The RMI maintains an up-to-date Smelter Reference list. This list contains all cobalt refiners and mica processors that have been validated by the RMI to meet the definition of a cobalt refiner or mica processor. There are several reasons why a supplier may provide refiners and processors not listed in the EMRT. Examples of reasons include: the company does not process cobalt or natural mica, the company is upstream or downstream of a refiner or processor, the company has yet to be validated as eligible through RMI’s Smelter Disposition Process or the company is no longer in operation and has been removed from the Smelter Reference List. One way to check the status of a SOR that is not on the Smelter Reference list is to become a RMI member, which gives companies access to the RMI’s smelter database.
- The cobalt refiner definition applied by the RMI is “An entity that processes cobalt concentrates, intermediates or recycled feed and produces a cobalt product for direct use in a downstream manufacturing process.” This does not include upgrading or refining facilities associated with large scale mining operations and / or in-country in the Democratic Republic of Congo if these provide outputs that require further refining before being applied in the downstream manufacturing process.
- The mica processor definition applied by the RMI is "A mica processor is an entity that takes raw mined minerals such as pegmatites (schist), feldspar, kaolin, muscovite or phlogopite and subjects them to various physical or mechanical methods to separate non-mica components from mica components, then produce grades of mica products for use in downstream manufacturing processes. Raw mineral processing can include sorting, separation, milling, grinding, cutting, stamping and binding".
- Where can I find additional due diligence information?
- The China Chamber of Commerce of Metals, Minerals & Chemicals Importers & Exporters (CCCMC), Responsible Cobalt Initiative (RCI) and the RMI have jointly developed Cobalt Refiner Due Diligence Standard Version 1.0, which is effective until December 31, 2021. The RCI and the RMI have also jointly developed Cobalt Refiner Due Diligence Standard Version 2.0, which will come into effect on January 1, 2022. More information about the program will be posted on the RMI webpage as it becomes available.
- The Responsible Mica Initiative and the RMI have jointly developed the Global Workplace Responsible Sourcing, Environmental, Health & Safety Due Diligence Standard for Mica Processors. More information about the program will be posted on the RMI webpage as it becomes available.