conflict mineral Articles

  • Conflict minerals 101

    Blood diamonds have been replaced by a new hot-button topic - 'conflict minerals'. A core difference is that far more industries are affected with conflict minerals than with the diamond trade. Conflict minerals have taken public awareness by storm, with a massive regulation in the US that was passed in 2010 and came into force this year. This law and the buzz surrounding the issue have sparked ...


    By 3E Company

  • Conflict minerals cyclone to hit manufacturing

    In the latest round of new year’s forecasts, a noticeably absent topic from more general predictions for the packaging industry was the requirement for companies to comply with conflict minerals legislation. This is of course hardly surprising as no EU legislation currently exists on conflict minerals – the legal obligation for companies to audit their supply chains to ensure they ...


    By Lorax Compliance Ltd

  • Conflict Minerals: Chinese Regulatory Advances

    Summary Chinese companies with conflict minerals in their supply chains, namely Tin, Tungsten, Tantalum and Gold (3TGs), are being asked to comply with a new set of due diligence guidelines developed by the China Chamber of Commerce of Metals, Minerals and Chemicals Importers and Exporters (CCCMC). Introduction The People’s Republic of China is ...


    By Assent Compliance Inc.

  • Countries take a global stand on conflict minerals

    Countries take a global stand on conflict minerals In regards to Environment, Health & Safety legislation, we rarely see a consistent and global approach to protect human rights through regulation impacting the environment. The form, impact, and status of these regulations differ, but the objective is uniquely the same: to address the emergence of conflict minerals mined with the high ...

  • Are We There Yet? The Home Stretch of Conflict Minerals Reporting

    What have you learned from Conflict Minerals reporting this year? Aside from the painstakingly long, arduous journey that it may have been, is there anything that you may want to know for next year? As many compliance professionals close their books after this year’s first obligatory year of reporting, many of you are probably beginning to gear up for next year’s batch as well. How ...


    By CSRware, Inc.

  • Conflict Minerals Reporting Yields As Many Questions As Answers

    While it’s too soon to know exactly how companies will respond to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) new conflict minerals reporting requirement, experts say this first year was an eye-opening lesson in just how challenging it is to track down quality data across a global supply chain. “When you look at it from a process standpoint, it’s not a very complicated ...


    By 3E Company

  • Top 100 Conflict Mineral Scores Released

    The top 100 scores from the Conflict Mineral Benchmarking Study RY2015 have been released. “These are some of the strongest conflict mineral compliance programs in the country,” said Jonathan Hughes, Assent Compliance’s Conflict Mineral Program ...


    By Assent Compliance Inc.

  • A Final Conflict Minerals Obstacle Awaits: Form SD

    So much work has been put into vetting suppliers and assessing products for compliance with new conflict minerals disclosure requirements that many companies may have not yet fully considered the actual filing protocol that is the end game for those supply chain reviews. When companies do crack into the Securities and Exchange Commission's new Form SD—a new form created for conflicts ...


    By 3E Company

  • Maturing Conflict Minerals Programs in Year 2

    Let’s be honest: The first year of compliance with the Conflict Minerals Rule was pretty much a disaster. Confusion reigned. Costs soared. Sure, tech giants like Motorola, Intel, and Apple succeeded by building upon initiatives they already had in place; other mere mortals in Corporate America struggled with the new Securities and Exchange Commission requirement to report on the use of ...


    By 3E Company

  • Conflict Mineral Regulations: Exploring the Potential Impact on Risk Management

    Blood diamonds, first brought to public attention in the 1990s, are diamonds mined in African war zones and sold to fund conflicts and insurgencies. In recent years, they have been replaced by a new hot-button topic: conflict minerals — those minerals essential to the manufacture of products such as consumer electronics, automobiles, apparel, medical devices, tools, and jewelry. As with ...


    By 3E Company

  • Conflict Minerals Reporting gains Company Value while minimizing Risk

    Recently, CSRware tweeted an extremely informative article talking about the benefits of Environmental Management practices. This featured article highlights the importance that these types of techniques have for the future of business ethics, highlighting the great return that can come about by following such frameworks. Conflict minerals reporting is one significant and easy-to-track instance ...


    By CSRware, Inc.

  • Lessons from 2014, Moving on to 2015: Conflict Minerals Reporting Continues

    With 2014 now behind us, the ability to voluntarily opt out of conflict minerals reporting is also gone. After numerous companies declared themselves “DRC Conflict Undeterminable” in 2014 per federal allowance, many corporations will have to grapple down this year and get ready for the stress and confusion that comes with this process Yet abiding by this ...


    By CSRware, Inc.

  • Conflict minerals: preventing military groups from funding their activities

    Military groups in conflict areas such as in the Democratic Republic of the Congo often use the sale of minerals found in their territory to fund their activities. A new EU proposal aims to put an end to this by setting up an EU system of self-certification to encourage importers, smelters and refiners to source their minerals responsibly. The Parliament's international trade committee will vote ...


    By European Parliament

  • Private sector and peace building in Africa’s mineral-rich conflict torn zones: a case study of KPCS and iTSCi

    This paper explores the international schemes for private sector’s involvement in peace building efforts. It discusses the theories of conflict economics and criticises the role of transnational companies in peace building in Africa. It argues that the participation of the private sector in peace making in African mineral-rich conflict torn zones is the result of international pressure and not a ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • From Conflict to Peacebuilding - The role of natural resources and the environment

    Since 1990 at least eighteen violent conflicts have been fuelled by the exploitation of natural resources. In fact, recent research suggests that over the last sixty years at least forty percent of all intrastate conflicts have a link to natural resources. Civil wars such as those in Liberia, Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo have centred on “high-value” resources like timber, diamonds, ...

  • Coal and its future are fueling conflicts around the globe

    "Coal Wars: The Future of Energy and the Fate of the Planet" (Palgrave Macmillan), by Richard Martin Fierce conflicts over coal are taking place around the globe, but author Richard Martin says the decline and ultimate demise of the fuel that powered the Industrial Revolution is inevitable and cannot be reversed. What he cannot predict, he says, is whether the transition to energy sources that ...


    By Associated Press

  • Overlapping Land and Natural Resource Rights Creates Conflict in Africa

    Ghana’s farming communities of Prestea, Himan, and Bondaye have been in conflict with the Plant North Pit gold mining operations of Golden Star Resources, a Canadian mining company, for more than a decade. The villagers are outraged with a foreign mining company taking large amounts of their agricultural land; the high levels of water, air, and noise pollution they now experience; and the ...

  • Collaborating for sustainability: strategic knowledge networks, natural resource management and regional development

    Many firms have turned to strategies based on collaborative initiatives with stakeholders to generate the valuable knowledge resources needed to be successful in today's global economy. Firms in natural resource-based industries such as mining, energy and forestry, which typically provide the backbone for regional development in their production locations, have become leaders in establishing ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • A new species of global corporate risk: social issues, international firm expansion theory and crisis avoidance in the energy industry

    International joint venture (IJV) agreements have long been regarded as the preferred method for risk mitigation for firms seeking to expand internationally. However, these agreements often fail to deliver on their promise of risk reduction, resulting in those firms managing conflicts and drawing the firm into a resource threatening crisis. The premise of this paper is that crisis management ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Heat as a by–product or sub–product of CO2 storage in mafic and ultramafic rocks

    Since carbonates are at a lower energy state than free CO2, storage through carbonation of silicate rocks is thermodynamically favoured and proceeds spontaneously by releasing heat. In an in–situ CO2 injection site, the heat released in these exothermic reactions can be exploited in a geothermal power–plant, effectively contributing ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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