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Electronics coalition launches responsible sourcing initiative

A total of 19 companies have signed a declaration of support for the EEIC's Responsible Raw Materials Initiative (RRMI), which is run in partnership with the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI).
As well as electronics giants, including Apple, Accer, Cisco, Dell, Google, Microsoft, Sony and Samsung - it has also attracted support from the automotive industry and has been signed by Ford Motor Company.

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EICC launched a new initiative which goes beyond the commonly targeted 3TG (tin, tungsten, tantalum & gold)

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Important developments in conflict minerals regulation - iTSCi

Important developments in conflict minerals regulation - iTSCi | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

In recent days, activity proposing regulation of conflict minerals trade in both the EU and Canada has been launched. Firstly, the EU has begun a consultation period running up to 26 June 2013 on a possible initiative on responsible sourcing of minerals originating from conflict-affected and high-risk areas....

EcoVadis's insight:

An interesting release from iTSCi which sums up important ongoing legislations underway in the U.E. and in Canada...


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Apple Makes New Pledges on Conflict Minerals, Should Begin Clean Congo Sourcing Program | RAISE Hope for Congo

Apple Makes New Pledges on Conflict Minerals, Should Begin Clean Congo Sourcing Program | RAISE Hope for Congo | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Tech giant Apple has come a long way on conflict minerals. In 2010, they were one of the worst consumer electronics companies in their response to this serious problem, and Enough Project, Campus Progress, and A Thousand Sisters protested the opening of their store in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. But Apple has started to turn the corner on conflict minerals with some substantial steps.


EcoVadis's insight:

Apple recently joined the Public Private Alliance on Responsible Minerals Trade.  With such large players entering the game,  conflict minerals due diligence is gaining momentum. Of particular interest is Apple's transparency effort and policy to require its supplier to source from certified smelters. Ongoing monitoring is recommended!

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EU Reaches Landmark Agreement on Conflict Minerals Regulation 

EU Reaches Landmark Agreement on Conflict Minerals Regulation  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The Regulation, as agreed by the EU Institutions, is set to ensure sustainable sourcing for more than 95% of all EU imports of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold, which will be covered by due diligence provisions as of 1 January 2021.  
In the meantime, the Commission and Member States will work to make sure that the necessary structures are in place to ensure EU-wide implementation.

EcoVadis's insight:

Measures to provide support for importers, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, will be deployed. Are you ready to comply to this new regulation?

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Implementation of Conflict-Free Gold Standard is under way

Implementation of Conflict-Free Gold Standard is under way | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Global gold authority and industry body the World Gold Council (WGC) is pleased with the industry’s reception of its Conflict-Free Gold Standard (CFGS), which has been welcomed by various stakeholders – including WGC member companies...
EcoVadis's insight:

We know the Conflict-free Gold Standard was released by the World Gold Council in October 2012. Of interest here is the current development of third party audit schemes and external-assurance services to ensure conformance with the standards in 2013.

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European Union Considers Implementing Conflict Minerals Regulation

European Union Considers Implementing Conflict Minerals Regulation | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The European Union (EU) will begin discussions on whether to develop a conflict minerals-type regulation during a December 5, 2012 internal workshop. DG Trade is leading this effort and has request input from industry, academia, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs)....
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As a ripple effect of the Conflict Minerals Act of 2009 passed in the U.S., possible regulations are likely to have significant impacts for European companies in terms of supply chain disclosure and accountability, due-diligence mechanisms.

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