Tagged Content: Conflict Minerals

Conflict Minerals: Starring Dodd-Frank as the Grinch Who Stole Christmas

Christmas tree Many manufacturing organizations continue to hustle to comply with Conflict Minerals rules and a May 2014 filing deadline. But the rules actually get more complicated in 2014 and beyond. We won’t provide a backdrop on Conflict Minerals legislation in this analysis, but have included links to our earlier coverage and research (and our Conflict Minerals survival guide) at the end. In short, we would categorize the current and emerging environment as one where companies (and individuals, especially within smaller suppliers) are already – or will soon go – heads down into an aggressive implementation model.

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Conflict Minerals Compliance: Checklists, Templates, Planning Documents

- May 10, 2013 5:00 PM | Categories: Risk Performance and Compliance

The Spend Matters and MetalMiner team are busy wrapping up a week that featured our first live event on conflict minerals. Today, we share one of the resources given to attendees: The MetalMiner/Elm Consulting Conflict Minerals Checklist document. Organizations at any stage of developing a conflict minerals compliance strategy will find this Excel sheet useful in defining all of the activities, processes and program elements necessary to drive conflict minerals compliance.

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Conflict Minerals Questions Answered

- May 10, 2013 1:25 PM | Categories: Commentary

Where do US manufacturers stand on conflict minerals compliance as we approach 2H2013? At Conflict Minerals EDGE earlier this week, we sought to find out. We’re proud to share some audience takeaways:    

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Conflict Minerals Analysis: Readiness, Technology and Questionable Practices

- May 8, 2013 2:55 PM | Categories: Commentary

In this analysis, Lisa Reisman summarizes the key takeaways and compliance recommendations from the Spend Matters/MetalMiner event: Conflict Minerals EDGE. How prepared are most companies to tackle conflict minerals compliance based on what you heard and saw? One point that I came away with was that many companies have greater capability than they think to pursue conflict minerals compliance initiatives. For example, if you’re in pharmaceutical or aerospace, you’re likely doing part or lot level traceability already. Some companies might be able to piggy-pack on these initiatives. The audience was a self-selecting bunch of over 50 from the manufacturing world […]

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Conflict Minerals Analysis: Readiness, Technology, and Questionable Practices

- May 8, 2013 2:10 PM | Categories: Risk Performance and Compliance

In this analysis, Lisa Reisman summarizes the key takeaways and compliance recommendations from the Spend Matters/MetalMiner event: Conflict Minerals EDGE.

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Conflict Minerals Q&A: SEC Enforcement, China, Scrap, and Supplier Views

- May 7, 2013 3:08 PM | Categories: Commentary

This Spend Matters PRO series is based on commentary and opinions expressed by the following industry experts at the MetalMiner/Spend Matters Conflict Minerals EDGE event: Jennifer Diggins (Nucor), Jeff Friedman (Kloeckner Metals), Lawrence Heim (The Elm Consulting Group), Rose of Sharon DeVos (Stainless Sales Corporation), Michael Pfeifer (Industrial Metallurgists LLC), Michael Loch (Motorola Solutions), Michael Littenberg (Schulte, Roth & Zabel), Chris Grove (Commerce Resources), Tyler Showalter (Buffalo Tungsten), Michael Loch (Motorola Solutions) and Dan Kendall (ABC Metals). Is the SEC prepared to enforce conflict minerals compliance? The SEC did not get approval to enforce conflict minerals (headcount wise) despite the fact […]

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Conflict Minerals EDGE: Compliance Technology (Part 3)

- May 7, 2013 10:03 AM | Categories: Commentary

This post is based on content delivered during Conflict Minerals EDGE. It leverages content contained in presentation delivered by Spend Matters Thomas Kase titled: Conflict Minerals: Let Technology Do The Heavy Lifting. Spend Matters PRO subscribers (annual full subscribers or corporate members) can request a copy of the presentation by dropping us a line. Universal automation steps for Conflict Minerals compliance include leveraging various standardized tools— such as the Conflict Minerals CheckPoint Reference spreadsheet (contact us for more information on it)—for data capture, management, auditing, using Reasonable Country of Origin Inquiry (RCOI), and adherence to OECD’s 5-Step Due Diligence Framework. […]

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Conflict Minerals Q&A: SEC Enforcement, China, Scrap, and Supplier Views

- May 7, 2013 9:45 AM | Categories: Risk Performance and Compliance

This Spend Matters PRO series is based on commentary and opinions expressed by the following industry experts at the MetalMiner/Spend Matters Conflict Minerals EDGE event: Jennifer Diggins (Nucor), Jeff Friedman (Kloeckner Metals), Lawrence Heim (The Elm Consulting Group), Rose of Sharon DeVos (Stainless Sales Corporation), Michael Pfeifer (Industrial Metallurgists LLC), Michael Loch (Motorola Solutions), Michael Littenberg (Schulte, Roth & Zabel), Chris Grove (Commerce Resources), Tyler Showalter (Buffalo Tungsten), Michael Loch (Motorola Solutions) and Dan Kendall (ABC Metals). Is the SEC prepared to enforce conflict minerals compliance? The SEC did not get approval to enforce conflict minerals (headcount wise) despite the fact […]

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Conflict Minerals EDGE: Compliance Technology (Part 2)

- May 7, 2013 8:06 AM | Categories: Commentary

This post is based on content delivered during Conflict Minerals EDGE. It leverages content contained in presentation delivered by Spend Matters Thomas Kase titled: Conflict Minerals: Let Technology Do The Heavy Lifting. Spend Matters PRO subscribers (annual full subscribers or corporate members) can request a copy of the presentation by dropping us a line. There is a hidden benefit to using technology to drive external conflict minerals compliance. The same solutions that engage with external parties to ensure that they have understood and accepted the 3T/G requirements – plus counter-signed company policies – can work for internal users at all […]

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Conflict Minerals EDGE: Live Blogging, Compliance Technology, And More

- May 6, 2013 4:24 PM | Categories: Risk Performance and Compliance

The Spend Matters and MetalMiner teams are currently attending our Conflict Minerals EDGE event in Chicago. To get started, we'd like to offer up Thomas Kase and Jason Busch's presentation on Conflict Minerals technology, which gives an insider glance into specific tools and templates and includes checklists, a technology decision guide, and a blueprint for integrating compliance solutions into your broader supplier management, procurement, and supply chain technologies.

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Conflict Minerals EDGE: Compliance Technology (Part 1)

- May 6, 2013 2:28 PM | Categories: Commentary

This post is based on content delivered during Conflict Minerals EDGE. It leverages content contained in presentation delivered by Spend Matters Thomas Kase titled: Conflict Minerals: Let Technology Do The Heavy Lifting. Spend Matters PRO subscribers (annual full subscribers or corporate members) can download the entire presentation here. Spend Matters and MetalMiner research suggests that technology should be key in assessing and managing conflict minerals compliance. But the landscape – and noise generated by a number of providers – can be quite confusing. Thomas Kase shared during his presentation today that there are several categories and classes of solution that […]

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Conflict Minerals EDGE: Steel, Stainless Steel, and Distribution Roundtable

- May 6, 2013 1:00 PM | Categories: Commentary

Moderator Lisa Reisman (MetalMiner) takes the stage with Jennifer Diggins (Nucor), Jeffrey Friedman (Kloeckner Metals), Rose of Sharon DeVos (Stainless Sales Corporation), Michael Pfeifer (Industrial Metallurgists, LLC), and Lawrence Heim (The Elm Consulting Group) to kick off the afternoon session of Conflict Minerals EDGE. (Click image to enlarge)

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