The folks over at Squire Sanders posted on their blog that Delphi, one of the world’s leading global supplier of electronics and technologies for automotive, commercial vehicle and other market segments, was one of the most recent companies to post a conflict minerals policy.
“The company supports [CSR] efforts through the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) and the Conflict-Free Smelter (CFS) Program developed by the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition, Incorporated (EICC) and Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI),” their policy reads. “In order to comply with the SEC Conflict Mineral (sic) rules, Delphi will request its suppliers to disclose the sources of Conflict Minerals used in their products.”
It continues, “As part of our efforts to ensure sourcing of conflict-free goods, we are surveying our global supply chain to identify measures being taken by our suppliers to track the source of minerals used in products manufactured at their facilities.”
Requesting and surveying is one thing; but what if your company needs resources outside of EICC/GeSI?
“Reporting will be a major element of this legislation,” according to the paper. “Without proper supplier data or a flexible reporting system in place, your team will invest major resources on tactical research and data collection.”
Essentially, once you start with data collection, contractually obligate your suppliers to ensure they’re reporting accurately and fully, and leverage technology to optimize your reporting, you’re on your way to proper conflict minerals compliance.
Where Can I Access Tools and Technologies In One Place?
MetalMiner is committed to bringing manufacturers the intelligence and the tools they need to comply with the SEC Conflict Minerals rule to the fullest.
That’s why we’re hosting the only one-day conference of its kind – part-training session, part-roundtable discussion – Conflict Minerals EDGE.
Here’s What You’ll Get
- Specific tools such as project plans
- Pragmatic checklists inclusive of functioning spreadsheets beyond (EICC-GeSI) tools
- Technology decision guide
- Blueprint for the integration of conflict minerals compliance solutions with broader supplier management, procurement and supply chain technologies
The afternoon roundtable discussions will feature an unprecedented look at upstream initiatives by specific metal.