Mining the Disclosures 2016 is an evaluation of company due diligence on the challenge of conflict minerals, including risk management, human rights impact, and reporting quality.
Conflict in Eastern DRC remains one of the most salient humanitarian crises in the world, and minerals mined in the region continue to be used to illegally fund armed groups. However, working together with stakeholders, leading companies have been able to make progress and increase the number of conflict-free mines in the DRC. Companies must approach conflict minerals reporting as an opportunity to conduct comprehensive risk management on human rights issues, not simply check a compliance box.
As companies increase their individual and collective ability to trace supply chains back to the smelters that processed the raw minerals, they are in a position to encourage conflict-free sourcing from regions like Colombia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), providing impetus for development and stability. The products we use every day connect us to the people at the heart of global supply chains, and we have an opportunity to invest accordingly.
Special thanks to our sponsors
Ropes & Gray
Ropes & Gray has a leading supply chain compliance and corporate social responsibility practice. We advise clients across a broad range of regulations, commodities and geographies, and our clients include companies and groups from every major industry. With on-the-ground expertise around the globe, we are able to take a holistic approach to supply chain compliance and CSR, to help clients effectively structure and implement their compliance programs. For more information, please visit our Resource Center. For more information, visit www.ropesgray.com.
Source Intelligence® (SI)
Source Intelligence® (SI) is a global network of businesses that expedites the exchange and validation of compliance information. SI’s cloud-based SaaS platform helps customers make informed decisions about suppliers to offer products meeting legal, ethical, and environmental standards. The information and analytics platform provides customers with visibility into supply chains to comply with the law, minimize risk, and improve efficiency. Founded in 2010 by environmental and analytics experts, Source Intelligence® is headquartered in Carlsbad, California. For more information, visit www.sourceintelligence.com.
Assent Compliance builds elegant software to help automate processes, reduce workload, increase efficiencies and ultimately help companies save on compliance costs. We also partner with companies who need additional data collection and program support. Assent is the only company to offer a platform solution based on the four pillars of supply chain due diligence: software, data collection, regulatory expertise and turnkey support. We are the trusted compliance partner for thousands of customers and suppliers globally. For more information, visit www.assentcompliance.com.
SupplierSoft is a market leader in supplier management Solutions, enabling manufacturing companies to automate any and all supplier-facing business processes. Its Conflict Minerals solution has been adopted by leading edge Fortune 100/CFSI member companies. The solution provides unsurpassed configurability, requires zero supplier training and is implementable in days. SupplierSoft offers turn-key services, enabling you to fully outsource compliance. SupplierSoft was recognized as one of the most innovative solutions built on top of the Salesforce.com platform. For more information, visit www.suppliersoft.com.
Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative
Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI) has grown into one of the most utilized and respected resources for over 200 companies from a range of industries addressing conflict minerals issues in their supply chains. We offer a Conflict-Free Smelter Program, Conflict Minerals Reporting Template, Due Diligence Guidance, and Stakeholder engagement. We envision a future in which businesses can contribute positively to the fostering of peace and stability in the Great Lakes region. For more information, visit www.conflictfreesourcing.org.
As You Sow
As You Sow is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing environmental and social corporate responsibility. Founded in 1992, As You Sow envisions a safe, just, and sustainable world in which environmental health and human rights are central to corporate decision making. Its Energy, Environmental Health, Waste, and Human Rights programs create positive, industry-wide change through corporate dialogue, shareholder advocacy, coalition building, and innovative legal strategies. For more information, visit www.asyousow.org.