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UN reports reduced conflict financing opportunities associated with 3T minerals

Post By: Steven Peterson on Tuesday, 05 September 2017

The final report (S/2017/672) of the UN Group of Experts on the DRC was recently released and presented to the Security Council by Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta (Egypt), Council President for August. Two members of the Group had been murdered in Kasai Province in March and this unfortunate event was understandably the focus of comments. The discussion went on to consider the tremendous challenges which exist in the DRC, with the dynamics of the conflict ever-changing, an illicit trade in...

L’ONU rapport un réduite d’opportunités de financement de conflit associés aux minerais 3T

Post By: Steven Peterson on Tuesday, 05 September 2017

 Le rapport final (S/2017/672) du Groupe d'experts des Nations Unies sur la République démocratique du Congo a été récemment publié et présenté au Conseil de sécurité par Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta (Égypte), président du Conseil pour août. Deux membres du Groupe ont été assassinés en mars dans la Province du Kasaï et l'on comprend aisément que ce malheureux évènement ait été au centre des commentaires. Le débat s'est poursuivi pour examiner les défis colossaux qui existent en RDC, avec la dynamique...

Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI) co-operation with iTSCi

Post By: Jeremy Pearce on Monday, 10 July 2017

CFSI The Conflict Free Sourcing  Initiative (CFSI) has highlighted its cooperation with iTSCi in the EICC 2016 Annual Report.  iTSCi has worked closely with CFSI for many years in support of our joint aims to achieve responsible ‘conflict-free’ minerals supply chains and raise awareness among companies about risk identification, assessment and mitigation.

CFSI is a key initiative of the EICC (Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition) and has over 360 members globally. The group signed an MOU with iTSCi in 2016 and processed...

iTSCi field staff make 1,500 visits this quarter

Post By: Jeremy Pearce on Monday, 10 July 2017

VisitsiTSCi field staff have visited around 1,500 mine, processor and exporter sites this quarter, as well as facilitating discussion in stakeholder committees in four Central Africa countries. This work is a vital part of the iTSCi programme, observing first-hand exactly how the traceability and due diligence measures are being implemented and liaising directly to tackle issues and bring about improvement on the ground.

Field visits are made by staff from the iTSCi programme, sometimes jointly with government agents, who...

iTSCi team plays a leading role at the annual OECD forum

Post By: Jeremy Pearce on Monday, 10 July 2017

OECD Forum croppedThe iTSCi team played a leading role at the 11th ICGLR-OECD-UN Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains held in Paris in May 2017. The forum was a comprehensive review of implementation of the benchmark OECD Due Diligence Guidelines (DDG) responsible minerals supply from conflict and high risk areas.

Presentations, panel sessions and workshops over three days reported and discussed data on progress across different regions and minerals, including case studies, with perspectives from senior representatives of government, NGOs and...

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 200Apple'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

ElectronicsA 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...

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