Conflict Minerals Support Services
Our services on conflict minerals and cobalt
We advise you on all questions regarding the documentation of conflict minerals such as tin, tungsten, tantalum, their ores as well as gold and cobalt. With our years of experience, our experts will show you swift ways to determine whether you are affected by the reporting and disclosure obligation. Especially when it comes to the topic of conflict minerals, you make a contribution to your Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and strengthen the sustainability of your company with careful material reporting – and, for example, also with the proof that you do not use any of these materials or reduce them. For many customers and also companies, this is a decisive competitive advantage in today’s global competition for responsible production.
Since the beginning of 2021, there are special reporting and due diligence obligations in the EU for dealing with conflict minerals in the supply chain. The background to this is the OECD Due Diligence Guidelines. They are a guide for companies to respect human rights as well as environmental and labour standards and to improve their due diligence through appropriate measures. In addition, a similar US regulation on Conflict Minerals means that not only American but companies worldwide are directly or indirectly affected by their supply chains. Although there are still no legal requirements for the cobalt supply chain, there are also reporting options here to ensure that mining and trade in the heavy metal is not accompanied by human rights violations in conflict regions or based on child labour. A Cobalt Reporting Template (CRT) has been available since 2018, provided by the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI). You can read more about the background in our technical information.
If you do not want to or cannot do your own research, we will help you determine whether you are required to provide evidence. If yes, we will show you how you can efficiently comply with this obligation. We support you in optimising your internal processes and in answering your customers’ and suppliers’ enquiries about the Conflict Minerals you use correctly and on time.
We are happy to take over all tasks in the area of material compliance and the transfer of information in the supply chain and to the authorities. Among other things, we maintain your data in IMDS and CDX or create a form with the “Conflict Minerals Reporting Template” (CMRT) and thus make the tedious work of reporting in compliance with the guidelines easier for you.
In addition, we keep you up to date on news at EU level and from the USA in our ipJournal. Our globally well-connected team of engineers and experts offers you expertise, contacts and sound know-how based on years of experience in the field of material compliance and responsible minerals. You can also subscribe to our newsletter to keep up to date!
Our service and consulting offers are the right thing for you if you need active help to fulfil compliance requirements in the field of conflict minerals or cobalt. We advise you independently and always on the basis of the latest information.
In order to train you and your employees, we offer various public seminars and online seminars on CMRT requests and conflict minerals as well as cobalt at our ipCampus. You can find the topics and dates here.
You can book our services on a modular basis or as a full service for complete reporting and communication in the supply chain on Conflict Minerals and Responsible Cobalt Reporting. Ask us for individual projects or for permanent services – in most cases outsourcing is also financially worthwhile for your company.