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iTSCi wins 2017 International CSR Excellence Award

Post By: Jeremy Pearce on Tuesday, 20 June 2017

CSR Awards 2017 itri smallThe iTSCi programme continues to win awards for its outstanding contribution to sustainable supply chain management. Already recognised in January as a key contributor to ITRI being named edie Sustainability Leader 2017, iTSCi has now won an International CSR Excellence Award, presented at the UK Houses of Parliament.

International CSR Excellence Awards are presented by the Green Organisation for Corporate and Social Responsibility to caring companies that use their privileged position to help their colleagues, communities, customers, the environment...

iTSCi lead ranked #9 in 2017 Top 100 Conflict Minerals Leaders

Post By: Jeremy Pearce on Friday, 26 May 2017

iTSCi lead Kay Nimmo, ITRI has been listed #9 in the Assent Compliance Top 100 Conflict Mineral Leaders this year, up from #15 in 2016. This recognises her wide ranging influence across global upstream industries in promoting conflict mineral due diligence, including through the uniquely successful iTSCi programme. The list recognizes leaders who shape the future of supply chain excellence and responsible sourcing with outstanding contributions to increasing the public’s awareness of conflict mineral compliance through education and advocating...

iTSCi incidents referenced in Apple’s 2016 CMR

Post By: Steven Peterson on Tuesday, 09 May 2017

Apple's Conflict Minerals Report (CMR) for the period of 2016 reviewed and referenced iTSCi incidents in Central Africa highlighting a continuous improvement in due diligence in the supply chain.

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 incidents (13) were relating to 3T minerals due to the far greater transparency of risks monitored by iTSCi than for other minerals with no industry...

Downstream funding the ‘middle path’ on due diligence costs

Post By: Steven Peterson on Wednesday, 19 April 2017

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, such as increased cost and exclusion of some actors from the supply chain, are inevitable if international buyers and consumers of 3T minerals are not to contribute to funding conflict in high-risk production zones. Likewise, the negative trade-off of conflict...

SEC formally suspends enforcement of part of the ‘conflict mineral’ rule

Post By: Steven Peterson on Monday, 10 April 2017

Mike Piwowar, the Acting Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released a statement on the 7th April 2017 (click here) in reaction to the final US Court decision a few days earlier confirming the view that public disclosure of 'conflict' or 'not conflict' products would violate the first amendment of the US constitution. The statement explained that "Until these issues are resolved, it is difficult to conceive of a circumstance that would counsel in favor of enforcing Item 1.01(c) of...

Final US court judgement against ‘conflict mineral’ declarations

Post By: Steven Peterson on Monday, 10 April 2017

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 agreement with the earlier decision of 2014 that the requirement to disclose whether a product is "DRC-conflict free" violates the constitution, on the grounds that it is compelled speech. This brings to an end this particular debate...

EU global mineral related conflict and human rights rules finalised

Post By: Steven Peterson on Monday, 10 April 2017

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 here)

The Regulation will now come into effect shortly after being published in the official journal of the EU although the key clauses on due diligence, risk management, disclosure and other reporting obligations will not be binding until 1st...

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,...

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