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One Week After the Conflict Minerals Filings, Here's What We Know


Transparency is the key to complete traceability in supply chain. When transparency increases, companies have better insights into where their products are coming from and how they’ve been made. Data is the key in supplier networks that provides greater data accuracy, clarity, and insights, leading to more contextual intelligence shared across supply chains.

NGO Experts Analyze Conflict Mineral Filings. Find Out What's Next.


The Responsible Sourcing Network recently published their Mining the Disclosures 2015, which took an in-depth look at conflict minerals SEC filings. The report assessed  companies processes when tracing their supply chains back to where their minerals were sourced from in an effort to ensure they were conflict-free.

Earth Day Discount: Conflict Minerals Resource Center

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Save 50% this Earth Day and register on the Conflict Minerals Resource Center (CMRC). The CMRC is currently offering a 50%-off code for new registrants. If you are interested in this offer, click here for further instructions on how to register and use your coupon code: SIEARTHDAY50.

From the Source: EPA -- House Bill Could Delay Review of Toxic Chemicals 'Indefinitely'


"Blood-free" minerals scheme must be binding, EU lawmakers say

Reuters. European importers of minerals from conflict zones should be forced to certify their goods "blood-free", an influential group of EU lawmakers said on Tuesday, seeking to toughen a proposal to prevent the financing of warlords in Africa.

CFSI 2015 White Paper: “Five Practical Steps to Support SEC Conflict Minerals Disclosure"


The Conflict Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI) has recently released a 2015 white paper of “Five Practical Steps to Support SEC Conflict Minerals Disclosure.” The best practices guide is more specifically targeted towards “Downstream Companies.” While the complexity of tracing conflict minerals can pose many challenges for companies trying to increase visibility in their supply chain, issuers and non-issuers can gain a better understanding of their

Responsible Sourcing of Minerals: Hurdles to a Conflict-Free Supply Chain


Via the OECD Insight series, Tyler Gillard and Roel Nieuwenkamp paradoxically write about the challenges of having only “conflict-free” minerals in supply chains and also the strong (and immediate) need for responsible mineral supply chains.

Product Filtering: A Critical First Step in Conflict Minerals Compliance

A Guide For 3TG Tracing and Compliance
Press Release

February 20, 2015 /3BL Media/ - Where do we start? Many companies are currently asking themselves this question when it comes to complying with the U.S. regulation on conflict minerals. For companies that manufacture thousands of products—such as retailers with name brands—the requirement to publicly disclose the origin of gold, tin, tantalum and tungsten (3TG) used in these products is especially challenging. The prospect of surveying and requesting data from every tier 1 supplier is daunting and inefficient.

Case Study-Based Guidance on 3TG Compliance

30-Minute Conflict Minerals Reporting Webinar
Press Release

Jennifer Kraus, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer and EVP Operations of Source Intelligence, presents case-study based guidance on:

  • The first step to accurate data
  • The process and timing necessary to compile supplier data
  • If filing “undeterminable” is right for your company
  • How to develop a program that works for 2014 reporting year and beyond

This conflict minerals webinar is now available on-demand and can be viewed here

From Mine to Smelter to Manufacturers: Smelter Verification for Conflict Minerals


Manufacturing, Electronics, and Oil and Gas industries, use the four conflict minerals tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold—better known as 3TG—in a wide variety of their products. One of the most common questions asked about conflict minerals is, what are tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold, used for on a daily basis, and how are they transferred throughout the supply chain from mine, to smelter, to consumer goods.

Conflict Minerals Regulation Helping Thousands of Miners

How the Conflict Minerals Regulation Benefits Congolese Miners

The Enough Project's U.S. and Congo-based groups visited mining communities in eastern Congo to "get an updated assessment on conflict minerals," last month. With the information they gathered, Think Progress recently published “9 Things You Need To Know About Conflict Minerals,”  to provide a better understanding of the issues and the severity of the armed conflict in eastern Congo. In particular, Think Progress highlights the positive effects of conflict minerals reforms on reducing the power of armed groups in eastern Congo:


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