Conflict Minerals Compliance Basics: Data Quality Control


In this edition of “Conflict Minerals Compliance Basics,” we are covering data quality control. 

Conflict Minerals Compliance Basics: RCOI


Next up in our “Conflict Minerals Compliance Basics” series we are going to cover your Reasonable Country of Origin Inquiry (RCOI). If you have initiated your conflict minerals compliance program, you likely began your process by carefully filtering your products to identify those that may contain gold, tin, tantalum and tungsten (3TG) necessary to functionality or production. Based on this focused list, you are now ready to initiate a Reasonable Country of Origin Inquiry (RCOI) by working with companies throughout your supply chain.

Conflict Minerals Compliance Basics: Dodd-Frank 1502, What Is The Rule And Why Does It Matter


Today in “Conflict Minerals Compliance Basics” we will be breaking down Dodd-Frank 1502 with out legalese, and explain why it matters.

Conflict Minerals Compliance Basics: Due Diligence


With the May 31 final reporting due date drawing near, why not go back to the beginning and break down some of the basics of conflict minerals compliance, starting off with due diligence.

Gold: Africa's Top Conflict Mineral


In a new report, the International Peace Information Service (IPIS) has reported that out of the 800 mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), 200 are involved with armed groups and 265 are involved with the army.  Both of which impose illegal taxes on miners. Many of these mines are gold producing, which are targeted by the armed groups because of the hike in price of gold and the ease of smuggling gold.

Conflict Minerals Compliance Basics: The Derivatives of 3TG

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In this edition of "Conflict Minerals Compliance Basics," we will give the derivatives of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold. 

Upcoming Conflict Minerals Report: First of its Kind

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February 20, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Stakeholders in the ecosystem of supply chain and regulated materials compliance will be surprised to see the similarities and differences of program progress and supplier profiles across industries.

This benchmarking study will present ACTUAL data, aggregated by industry, to provide insights on:

Human Rights Abuses Control Uzbekistan Cotton


The Uzbekistan government calls it a patriotic service, comparing it to volunteering for the National Guard, but it is more like forced labor.

Grave Human Rights Abuses Fuel Conflict Minerals


Armed militia, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, breach Human Rights and monopolize the regions for Conflict Minerals, often referred to as the “3TG’s”: tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold. Citizens face sexual terrorism, genocides and human slavery to mine these black market minerals. The crusade in the Congo has reached over 5.4 million civil deaths, quadrupling more deaths than any Historical American War combined, leaving a devastating aftermath in the eastern provinces of Africa.

Apple, Intel And Source Intelligence Commited To Conflict-Free Mineral Sourcing


February 14, 2014. Cupertino, CA. based Apple Inc. added momentum to the rapidly changing landscape of ethical sourcing in manufacturing.  The company announced that its suppliers of tantalum have been verified as “conflict free”.  In their 2014 Supplier Responsibility Report, Apple boldly makes public the names of suppliers who have not agreed to be audited for verification.


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