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iTSCi report demonstrates effective risk management outcomes in 3T minerals supply

Post By: Jeremy Pearce on Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Newly published data from the iTSCi minerals due diligence programme demonstrates effective risk identification and management outcomes for tin, tungsten and tantalum supply from Central Africa.

The new figures show how the 3,063 incidents recorded and managed across 1,341 mine sites in four countries by iTSCi from 2011 to 2016 have resulted in 2,081 positive outcomes, as the co-ordinated combination of actions by stakeholders has achieved successful and progressive improvement in the supply chain.

Through iTSCi implementation, companies, governments,...

Apple to include cobalt in DRC due diligence protocols

Post By: Jeremy Pearce on Tuesday, 14 March 2017

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 existing ‘conflict minerals’ programmes operating there for tin, tungsten and tantalum.

Issues over cobalt mining in the DRC were raised by an Amnesty International report in January 2016. The Washington Post and more recently Sky News have...

Republican SEC seeks to scale back SEC conflict minerals reporting

Post By: Jeremy Pearce on Wednesday, 01 February 2017

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 and whether "additional relief" from its requirements is necessary.

This comes after President Trump signed an executive order aiming to cut government regulation, and, although the SEC is an independent agency not subject to these orders,...

CFSI 2016 conference speakers call for more downstream commitment

Post By: Jeremy Pearce on Friday, 18 November 2016

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 downstream companies including sharing costs.

The November conference in California brought together experts and practitioners from industry, governments, and civil society from around the globe and across tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold (3TG) supply chains to discuss strategies, programs, lessons learned...

iTSCi responsible minerals programme receives donation from Qualcomm

Post By: Jeremy Pearce on Wednesday, 09 November 2016

iTSCi announced that its responsible minerals programme has received a donation from Qualcomm Incorporated, a world leader in 3G, 4G and next-generation wireless technologies, to help break the link between minerals and conflict. iTSCi is a unique and highly successful initiative delivering on-the-ground traceability, due diligence and risk identification, supporting the marketing of minerals and enabling community projects for tin, tungsten and tantalum (3T) mining in four countries of the African Great Lakes region.

"This is a welcome and...

Stories from the field - benefits of responsible mineral trade through the iTSCi programme

Post By: Steven Peterson on Wednesday, 21 September 2016

The iTSCi Programme enables responsible 3T mineral production and trade across the Great Lakes region of Africa. While our work was started as a response to conflict concerns and negative circumstances, promotion of trade brings many other benefits. We are pleased to be able to send you the first in a new series of 'stories from the field' to show how iTSCi works as well as to highlight the benefits of iTSCi to local communities.

This month we...

Reports describe Bisie, DRC stock clearance process and outcomes

Post By: Josephine St. John on Monday, 18 July 2016

Due to various factors, significant quantities of cassiterite from Bisié, Walikale Territory, North Kivu, DRC which was mined from artisanal pits primarily over the period 2011-2015 was stocked in the nearby area, and to a lesser extent in local trading towns. Potential solutions to manage the stock through a process to enable due diligence, risk assessment and mitigation were discussed by stakeholders, and in mid-2015, iTSCi and CFSI began coordinating requirements.

The process of clearing stock started in...

US House of Representatives passes amendment to Dodd-Frank Act

Post By: Jonathan Paxton on Monday, 11 July 2016

On 7th July 2016, the US House of Representatives passed amendment 1254 to Dodd Frank which confirms that no funds appropriated in relation to the Act can be used to enforce the SEC Rule relating to 'conflict minerals'.
In commenting on the amendment, the Enough Project, said: "The conflict minerals provision in Dodd-Frank has spurred major progress in starting rule of law in Congo's minerals sector and helping make the majority of tin, tantalum, and tungsten mines conflict-free. Before the...

US Republicans propose repeal of conflict minerals act

Post By: Jonathan Paxton on Friday, 01 July 2016

Republicans on the House Financial Services Committee have proposed a full repeal of the US's conflict minerals reporting rules through discussion of the Financial CHOICE Act, released last week. CHOICE stands for Creating Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers and Entrepreneurs and is the Republican plan to replace what they see as the failed Dodd-Frank Act and promote economic growth. The 'conflict mineral' section of Dodd Frank is said to 'impose a number of overly burdensome disclosure requirements ......

US House of Representatives seeks to halt implementation of US conflict mineral reporting

Post By: Steven Peterson on Friday, 24 June 2016

Washington DC based 'The Hill' reported here that Bill Huizenga filed a late amendment to the financial services appropriations bill to block funding for enforcement activity of section 1502 of Dodd Frank – the 'conflict minerals' reporting rules in the US – with the objective to halt implementation. The amendment was adopted by the House Rules Committee and will be voted on by the House of Representatives shortly. The amendment had been scheduled for consideration on 22nd June, but a sit-in by House...

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