Resource Center Moves beyond Conflict Minerals

Resource Center Moves beyond Conflict Minerals

This piece was originally published in the November 2016 issue of electroindustry.

Christopher Kraus, Vice President Strategic Alliances, Source Intelligence
Craig Updyke, Director, Trade and Commercial Affairs

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The four most commonly mined conflict minerals are cassiterite (for tin), wolframite (for tungsten), coltan (for tantalum), and gold ore.

A key resource for NEMA member companies—as well as their suppliers and customers—is about to get even more valuable.

The Conflict Minerals Resource Center, launched in 2014 with backing from NEMA and a handful of other U.S. trade associations, will soon unveil an expanded Supply Chain Resource Center in November.

The new service will provide insight and training regarding compliance with not only conflict minerals regulations in the U.S. (and soon in Europe) but also environmental health labeling regulations (e.g., halogen-free and California Proposition 65) and other supply-chain-related social responsibility regulations, such as those related to slave labor.

In a recent briefing, NEMA and allied associations discussed challenges members face in meeting conflict minerals due diligence requirements associated with the 2012 U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission regulations, primarily to reach beyond their “Tier 1” direct suppliers to their suppliers’ suppliers and beyond. At the same time, manufacturers’ end-user customers increasingly demand complete supply-chain transparency, creating additional burdens for manufacturers to adequately compete in the marketplace. These trends disproportionately affect small and medium-sized companies, which are unlikely to have a dedicated regulatory compliance professional on staff.

At low or no cost, the re-launched Supply Chain Resource Center will offer training and compliance support resources, including webinars, white papers, infographics, blog posts, hot topics, and regulatory mapping services.

The center was launched in November 2016. An introductory webinar will be scheduled for December.

Read the November 2016 issue of electroindustry.

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