MetalMiner, in conjunction with The Elm Consulting Group International, has just issued a new white paper that examines how downstream organizations (companies from smelter down to OEM) have begun to implement the new conflict minerals compliance requirements.
The authors analyze the OECD Cycle 3 Final Report, “Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk.”
What Makes This Analysis Different?
- The paper covers the practical issues involved with actual conflict minerals compliance programs. For example, the analysis discusses the growing consensus around various EICC/GeSI initiatives, particularly the Conflict-Free Smelter Program, along with the reporting template.
- It also highlights some of the early findings around how companies have gone about identifying and gathering data from suppliers, as well as the challenges around validating supplier responses to questionnaires and templates.
- It features how companies have taken a flexible approach to program design.
One of the more significant early findings involves the lack of overlap between REACH/RoHS regulatory compliance programs and conflict minerals implementation programs. The early pilot results suggest companies will find little to leverage in existing regulatory compliance programs.
The actual OECD report appears here. The OECD paper, 85 pages long, provides a detailed discussion and explanation of the pilot program. The white paper issued by MetalMiner and The Elm Consulting Group contains 10 pages of analysis and key takeaways on the OECD report.
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