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News

CFSI Enables Companies to Comply With New EU Conflict Minerals Legislation

May 27, 2015 | The Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI) today announced it stands ready to help companies navigate compliance with the pending conflict minerals legislation that was recently voted on by the European Parliament. In addition, the CFSI is adopting a risk-based approach to its audit program to bolster audits of smelters and refiners of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold worldwide.

Updated Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (4.0) Now Available

Apr 30, 2015 | A new Conflict Minerals Reporting Template, version 4.0 (CMRT 4.0), is available from the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative. The leading multi-industry tool to facilitate transfer of information throughout the supply chain in support of conflict-free sourcing, CMRT 4.0 includes an updated Standard Smelter List and numerous translation improvements. CFSI recommends that companies use CMRT 3.0, 3.01 or 3.02 versions for the collection of 2014 supply chain data, and the 3.02 version of the Standard Smelter List, for filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in 2015 where required. CMRT 4.0 is not recommended for filing 2014 supply chain data, but is designed for 2015 reporting.

Updated Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (3.02) Now Available

Nov 7, 2014 | November 7, 2014, Alexandria, Virginia – A new Conflict Minerals Reporting Template version 3.02 (CMRT 3.02) was published today by the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative. The leading multi-industry tool to facilitate transfer of information throughout the supply chain in support of conflict-free sourcing, CMRT 3.02 includes a number of updates from the current version 3.01, including an updated Standard Smelter List and numerous translation improvements. CFSI recommends that companies use CMRT 3.00 version and higher for the collection of 2014 supply chain data, as well as the 3.02 version of the Standard Smelter List, for filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in 2015 where required.

CFSI Welcomes U.S. Department of Commerce Report on Conflict Minerals Processing Facilities; Looks Forward to Future Collaboration

Sep 8, 2014 | The leading industry initiative on conflict minerals, the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI), welcomes the recent report from the U.S. Department of Commerce on conflict minerals processing facilities, and looks forward to the Department of Commerce’s efforts to collaborate further with existing industry efforts on conflict minerals due diligence.

Statement on U.S. court ruling on conflict minerals regulations

Apr 17, 2014 | Founded in 2008, the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative is a collaboration across industries of companies committed to conflict-free supply chains and supporting peaceful development in the Great Lakes region of Africa. The passage of the U.S. Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in 2010 increased global awareness of conflict minerals issues, including that the use of these minerals affects many industries. The goal of the CFSI is to allow companies to make informed decisions when sourcing minerals. Monday’s court ruling invalidating one aspect of the SEC final rule does not affect the programs of the CFSI. We will continue to engage with smelters and refiners to validate their conflict status and to assist our members to collect and manage data regarding the sources of minerals in their supply chains. The CFSI will also continue to monitor legal developments and assess any impact to our programs.

Updated Conflict Minerals Reporting Template Now Available

Apr 10, 2014 | A new Conflict Minerals Reporting Template version 3.0 (CMRT 3.0) was published today by the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative. The leading multi-industry tool to facilitate transfer of information throughout the supply chain in support of conflict-free sourcing, CMRT 3.0 includes a number of updates from the current version 2.03a, including harmonization with the corresponding IPC standard. CMRT 3.0 is highly recommended for the collection of 2014 supply chain data for filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in 2015 where required.

Publications

Bisie Stocks Reports

Jul 19, 2016 | A compilation of recent reports related to the 'Bisie Mineral Stock’, cassiterite from Bisié, Walikale Territory, North Kivu, DRC which was mined primarily over the period between 2011-2015.

Testimony to US House of Representatives

Nov 16, 2015 | Hearing on Dodd-Frank’s Conflict Minerals Provision, written submission of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) before the Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade of the Committee on Financial Services U.S. House of Representatives

SRZ and CFSI Analysis of First Conflict Minerals Filings to SEC

Sep 18, 2014 | This white paper contains key take-aways from the first round of filings to the SEC on June 2, 2014 and provides recommendations for ongoing compliance.

Reasonable Practices to Identify Sources of Conflict Minerals: Practical Guidance for Downstream Companies

Aug 16, 2013 | This white paper provides guidance on reasonable practices for downstream companies to identify sources of conflict minerals in their supply chains.

Interpretation of the U.S. SEC Rule for the Purposes of Implementation of the Conflict-Free Smelter Program

Oct 23, 2012 | The Conflict-Free Smelter (CFS) Program is providing clarification to its position based on the issuance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) final rule regarding existing stocks, and recycle and scrap materials.

Conformance and Compatibility Analysis of CFS, iTSCi, and the OECD Due Diligence Guidance

Nov 28, 2011 | A comparison of key conflict minerals due diligence frameworks and approaches.