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iTSCi incidents referenced in Apple’s 2016 CMR

iTSCi incidents referenced in Apple’s 2016 CMR

Apple's Conflict Minerals Report (CMR) for the period of 2016 has recently been published here.  The CMR notes 15 incidents in which individuals identified as members or potential members of 'armed groups' were alleged to be involved. Of these, the majority of...

Downstream funding the ‘middle path’ on due diligence costs

Downstream funding the ‘middle path’ on due diligence costs

A recent paper by one the original champions of mineral supply chain due diligence, Gregory Mthembu-Salter, has questioned recent published criticism of upstream due diligence systems such as iTSCi, highlighting a failure to recognise that some negative trade offs,...

Final US court judgement against ‘conflict mineral’ declarations

Final US court judgement against ‘conflict mineral’ declarations

On 3rd April 2017, a district court judge in Washington, DC determined the final judgement in the last stage of the long-running case brought by the National Association of Manufacturers against the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The final judgement was in...

EU global mineral related conflict and human rights rules finalised

EU global mineral related conflict and human rights rules finalised

On 3rd April 2017, the Council of the European Union adopted the long debated regulation designed to address conflict and human rights abuses linked to the global mineral trade of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold (3TG) through certification of EU importers (click...

Apple to include cobalt in DRC due diligence protocols

Following recent publicity over allegations of child labour and poor working conditions at DRC artisanal cobalt mines, Apple has announced that it will this year begin to include cobalt suppliers in its due diligence protocols. They will use a similar approach to...

Republican SEC seeks to scale back SEC conflict minerals reporting

Reuters have reported that the acting chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is seeking to scale back the SEC 'conflict minerals' rule. The Republican Michael Piwowar announced he has directed staff to reconsider how companies should comply with the rule...

CFSI 2016 conference speakers call for more downstream commitment

A conference organised by the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI) has reviewed current global initiatives towards improving security and human rights in minerals supply chains. Very positive progress has been made but some speakers called for more commitment by...