November 14, 2014 – November 21, 2014 The summaries provided in this Weekly Recap do not necessarily represent the views of Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP and should not be deemed to be endorsements of them. The Recap is intended to be a compilation of articles and events to encourage discussion within the conflict minerals community and to keep our readers updated on the most recent developments.
CFSI Updates Conflict Minerals Reporting Template
The Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative, an initiative of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative, recently updated its Conflict Minerals Reporting Template, a tool used to facilitate supply chain information between suppliers and customers.
According to the press release, the updated template (Version 3.02), includes an updated Standard Smelter List and translation improvements. The updated Standard Smelter List will now identify smelters at the “entity” level instead of the “corporate level” where as to the latter, “one entry may have represented multiple individual facilities.”
The Conflict Minerals Reporting Template can be used free of charge.
California Polytechnic State University – Conflict Minerals Statement
As you may recall, the academic senate at California Polytechnic State University, or Cal Poly, passed a resolution on May 20, 2014, requiring the Cal Poly procurement department to “take into account whether electronic products contain conflict minerals in future purchasing decisions and…favor verifiably conflict-free products.” Another resolution required the department to publish a conflict minerals policy on its website to that effect. Last week, Cal Poly published a conflict minerals policy on its website. Excerpts from the policy follow:
“Cal Poly is aware of the role that minerals found in consumer electronics products play in perpetuating the current humanitarian crisis in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Cal Poly supports the efforts of the EICC, and encourages companies to join the coalition and other similar programs in order to help ensure that their products do not contain conflict minerals and are in fact benefiting Congolese communities. Cal Poly urges companies to implement the OECD due diligence guidelines, and will favor companies that are taking steps to implement them.”
To read the entire conflict minerals policy, see Cal Poly Conflict Minerals Policy.