Responsible Raw Materials Initiative

Staff and Governance

Governance and Oversight

The Conflict Free Smelter Initiative (CFSI) is coordinated by staff and is overseen by a Steering Committee of the membership. Members of CFSI participate in a variety of working groups on specific issues and tools. The CFSI is an initiative of the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) and is managed by and housed within the offices of the EICC.

EICC is an ISEAL subscriber, through this subscription CFSI is working towards achieving full ISEAL membership, which will include an independent evaluation against the ISEAL Impacts and Assurance Codes.

CFSI Staff

The CFSI staff is currently comprised of a Program Director, Technical Director, Project Manager, Program Manager, and Program Associate. To contact staff with any questions, please email

CFSI staff manage the Conflict Free Smelter Program which utilizes approved independent third-party audit firms. Information about CFSP’s Audit Firm and Auditor Approval process can be found here.

Steering Committee

The CFSI Steering Committee consists of 9 voting positions and 2 ex-officio nonvoting positions. The Steering Committee is responsible for the strategic guidance and direction of the CFSI and reports to the EICC Board of Directors, including but not limited to:

  • The general management and direction of the CFSI, including its goals and objectives;
  • Development and oversight of the organization’s strategic plan;
  • Approval of the annual operating budget;
  • Establishing membership dues amount;
  • Expulsion of Partner Members (Partner Members are companies not affiliated with EICC or GeSI);
  • Expulsion of Partner Associations, with the reserved right to assess, on a case-by-case basis, the admission of Partner Associations;
  • The decision to delegate tasks to committees and/or working groups and the oversight of these activities; and
  • The management, review, and modification of the operating procedures.

The 2017 members of the CFSI Steering Committee are:

  • Christine Ackerson, Head of Sustainability, LG Electronics
  • Kazuko Andersen, Senior Analyst, Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (ex-officio)
  • Marius Baader, Head of Department Automotive Supply Industry and Medium-Sized Businesses, VDA (ex-officio)
  • Ben Cohen, Chief Counsel for Government Operations, Boeing
  • Carolyn Duran, EICC Board At-Large Representative, and Director, Supply Chain Sustainability, Intel
  • Sandra Fallgatter, Senior Director Trade & Regulatory Compliance, JCPenney
  • Hamlin Metzger, Director,Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability, Best Buy
  • Jean-Paul Meutcheho, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Conflict Minerals, Global Advanced Metals
  • Luis Neves, Climate Change and Sustainability Officer, Executive Vice President, Deutsche Telekom Group
  • Paula Pyers, Senior Director, Supplier Responsibility, Apple Inc
  • Mary Wroten, Senior Manager, Supply Chain Sustainability, Ford Motor Company 

External Stakeholders

The CFSI regularly engages with external stakeholders in order to stay abreast of key stakeholder issues and concerns, inform stakeholders of progrma developments, and to solicit feedback on CFSI programs and initiatives.  This is done both through individual meetings and through the CFSI’s monthly multi-stakeholder calls.  In addition, CFSI has a public consultation process for new programs, allowing for input from the public and interested parties to guide the development and continual improvement of CFSI’s work.

CFSI participates in numerous external bodies, including but not limited to:

Audit Review Committee

The Conflict-Free Smelter Program validation process is overseen by an Audit Review Committee (ARC).  The ARC is a committee of three (3) individuals whose role is to determine the qualification status of an entity in the CFSP based on a finalized audit report against the approved protocols and supporting evidence. The ARC helps ensure equitable and consistent review processes and outcomes. The audit protocols are located here.

Currently the ARC consists of the following individuals:

  • Patrick Neyts: 30 years of expertise in strategic supply chain transparency, traceability, supply chain auditing. International lecturer on globalization and ethics. Subject matter expert on ethics and systems standards and implementation including management process for transition/change and remediation. Expert witness to European, International and United Nations institutions, International Human Rights Court on Supply Chain and Human Rights.
  • Michael Rohwer: Former Program Director for CFSI and authored revisions to the CFSP Protocols, Procedures, and Standards and Instructions. Experienced regulatory attorney and frequent presenter on Dodd-Frank Act Section 1502 compliance and OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas.
  • Steven B. Young: Professor with extensive expertise in sustainable supply-chains, corporate social responsibility and business sustainability, ISO management systems and standards, certification programs and auditing processes, and metallurgy and materials engineering.


CFSI is an initiative of EICC, a non-profit 501(c)(6) tax-exempt organization, and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative.  CFSI does not receive funding from governments or international organizations and does not conduct lobbying activities.

The majority of CFSI’s funding comes from member dues of $7,500 per year for Partner Members, $20,000 per year for Partner Associations, and $3,000 per year for members of Partner Associations. See the membership page for more information.  CFSI receives in-kind support from EICC, financial support from GeSI, and project donations from Members and Partner Associations.

In 2015, EICC established the EICC Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization to support the charitable, scientific, and educational activities of EICC and its initiatives, including the CFSI.