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Conflict Minerals Solution Service

Conflict Minerals Solution Service

Tailored Conflict Minerals Solutions

More and more countries or regions are in the process of implementing conflict mineral legislation aimed at controlling the use of conflict minerals. These minerals are essential in the production of a variety of electronic devices, but due to the complexity and confidentiality issues inherent in the conflict mineral supply chain, it is very hard for companies to complete due diligence.

The Dodd-Frank Act comprises conflict minerals reporting requirements for U.S. SEC (U.S. securities and exchange commission) registrants about the source of conflict minerals. TÜV Rheinland can help you comply with these requirements. Our conflict minerals solution service delivers advisory and assurance services for due diligence and management of conflict minerals within the supply chain of your company.

This tailored assessment ensures your compliance with the U.S. SEC and EICC-GeSI, LBMA and OECD. We can help you to answer customers’ inquiries and to reply to other stakeholder concerns.

Benefits of Our Conflict Minerals Solution Service at a Glance

Our audit and consulting team has extensive experience in developing systems and tools to manage risks in the minerals supply chain and to promote supply chain due diligence. With this consulting service by TÜV Rheinland you:

  • Strengthen the management system of conflict minerals.
  • Enhance the traceability and transparency of your conflict mineral supply chain.
  • Secure agreements regarding duties, responsibilities, and competencies, which are among the most important conditions for optimal operations.
  • Handle business risks efficiently and effectively.

Please feel free to contact us at TÜV Rheinland to learn more about how our conflict minerals solution service can ensure your compliance with international market standards.

Our Conflict Minerals Solution Service

We offer a variety of services concerning due diligence and management of conflict minerals within supply chains, including:

Our Conflict Mineral Assessment Approach

Our conflict mineral assessment approach is built on our understanding of common concerns within the organizations involved in the use of conflict minerals. The focus is set on consistency with industry practices including the following:

  • EICC-GeSI Conflict-Free Smelter (CFS) Program
  • Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI)
  • LBMA Responsible Gold Guidance
  • The London Bullion Market Association (LBMA)
  • OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High Risk Areas

Our conflict mineral assessment approach basically consists of the following steps:

  1. Documents request and audit preparation
  2. Desktop data review
  3. Corporate management system review
  4. On-site factory tour
  5. Discussion of findings and corrective actions

The diagram shows our conflict mineral assessment approach at a glance.

What Are Conflict Minerals?

Conflict minerals are mined in zones marked by crisis, armed conflict and human rights abuses. In the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for example, fighting driven by trade in valuable minerals has been ongoing now for almost fifteen years. The four most well-known conflict minerals codified in the U.S. Conflict Minerals Law are Tin (Cassiterite), Tungsten (Wolframite), Tantalite (Coltan) and Gold.

What Is the Dodd-Frank Act?

The Dodd-Frank Act originally known as Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was passed by the US Senate on May 20, 2010 and signed by President Barack Obama on July 21, 2010. This reform establishes conflict minerals reporting requirements and instructions for companies, especially in the electronic and automotive industry. Manufacturers are required to audit their supply chains and report conflict minerals usage.

Former Chairman Chris Dodd introduced the revised version of the planned bill in the Senate Banking Committee. Chairman Barney Frank of the Financial Services Committee was responsible for the House of Representatives. These two members of Congress thus gave the bill its name.

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