Conflict minerals services
Our conflict minerals and cobalt support services
We can advise on all questions relating to documenting conflict minerals such as tin, tungsten, tantalum, their ores, and gold and cobalt. Our highly experienced specialists can show you quick ways to establish whether you have an obligation to report or disclose. Ensuring conflict minerals are accurately presented in your materials reporting proves you are doing your diligence and significantly enhances the CSR and sustainability credentials of your company. The evidence also allows you to prove that you are not using these materials or are reducing their use. Being able to demonstrate high ethical standards provides you with a clear competitive advantage in today’s global marketplace.
There have been specific reporting and due diligence requirements in the EU for dealing with conflict minerals in the supply chain since the start of 2021. They are based on the OECD Due Diligence Guidance. This information helps companies to be aware of human rights, respect environmental and labor standards, and to improve their due diligence practices through appropriate measures. In addition to this, a similar US regulation on conflict minerals states that this directly or indirectly affects not only American but also international companies throughout their supply chains. This act empowers SEC (US Securities and Exchange Commission) to impose fines on companies that do not due their due diligence.
Even though there are no legal provisions for the cobalt supply chain yet, there are further reporting options available to ensure that the extraction and trade in heavy metals are neither associated with human rights violations in conflict regions such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) nor based on child labor. A Cobalt Reporting Template (CRT) was created for this purpose in 2018 by the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI). Please click here for further information about the template.
If you are not able to carry out your own research, we can help you establish whether you are obliged to provide evidence. If this is the case, we will show you the most efficient way to comply with your due diligence obligations. We will help to optimize your internal procedures and will answer queries from your customers and suppliers on the conflict minerals you use both promptly and efficiently.
We would also be happy to manage all your materials compliance tasks and transfer information across the supply chain or to the authorities. We can manage your data in the IMDS, CDX and other systems. In addition, we can produce a form using the Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT) to ensure your reports comply with the guidelines. This will take this laborious task off your shoulders and save you a significant amount of time.
We will also keep you up to date with the latest news from the EU and the USA. Our knowledgeable team of engineers and specialists is part of a close global network and has many years of experience in the field of materials and responsible minerals compliance. Sign up to our newsletter to stay up to date with the latest compliance news.
If you need help meeting compliance requirements for conflict minerals or cobalt, don’t hesitate to call on us. We offer a range of consulting and support services that can be tailored to your needs. We can provide you with independent advice which is always based on the most up-to-date information.
We can also train your colleagues through our range of scheduled and online training courses on our ipCampus learning platform. The courses will teach you how to handle CMRT queries and compliance requirements for conflict minerals and cobalt. Course information and dates are available here.
You can either book our services on a modular basis or you can opt for our comprehensive service package which covers all your conflict minerals and cobalt reporting and communications requirements across the supply chain. Don’t hesitate to contact us, whether it’s for a specific project or for longer-term service provision. Many of the companies we work with find that outsourcing is a more cost-effective option than handling these tasks in-house.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us to find out more via our contact form.