conflict mineral management 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    Blood diamonds have been replaced by a new hot-button topic - 'conflict minerals'.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 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

  • 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.

  • 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 In recent years, they have been replaced by a new hot-button topic: conflict minerals — those minerals essential to the manufacture of products such as consumer electronics, automobiles, apparel, medical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.

  • 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, ...

  • Supply Chain Information Management: Why Content Is King…

    Supply chain compliance can be turned into a competitive advantage, say Kami Blake and Kirsten Wallerstedt of 3E Company Data is playing an increasingly important role in today’s supply chain product compliance initiatives but, given its complexity, many questions surround its use and optimisation. Organisations often question the scope of their data – or conversely, ...


    By 3E Company

  • 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

  • Optimizing water management in hydraulic fracturing for shale oil and gas production

    Centralized treatment of wastewater is emerging as a viable solution for long-term efficiency in managing water sourcing and wastewater treatment in hydraulic fracturing. The number of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) shale oil and gas wells in the United States continues to increase. Within the Bakken Shale formation alone, in North Dakota and Montana, upwards of 15,000 hydraulic fracturing ...


    By WesTech Engineering, Inc.

  • Optimizing Water Management in Hydraulic Fracturing for Shale Oil and Gas Production

    Centralized treatment of wastewater is emerging as a viable solution for long-term efficiency in managing water sourcing and wastewater treatment in hydraulic fracturing. The number of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) shale oil and gas wells in the United States continues to increase. Within the Bakken Shale formation alone, in North Dakota and Montana, upwards of 15,000 hydraulic fracturing ...


    By WesTech Engineering, Inc.

  • 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

  • Sustainability data makes business stronger

    Humanity is living beyond the planet’s ability to support us. We have to decouple economic growth from our use of resources and the first step to doing that is to know and monitor the impact of our activities. Thanks to the efforts of CDP, the amount and quality of data available to businesses has exploded. We now live in the age of “big data” and businesses have the ability to ...


    By thinkstep

  • Urban sustainability issues — What is a resource-efficient city?

    What is this report about? Policy background Scarcity of natural resources poses a threat to the continued prosperity and well‑being of the world's population. As the global economy and population grows and the standard of living rises, the demand for natural resources increases and this threatens the security of supply. Resources are defined as all inputs into ...

  • "Don`t waste a drop" - water in mining

    Christopher Gasson explains the complex relationship between the mining industry and global water supply Water has always been important for mining, but suddenly it has become a board-level issue. Shareholders now expect companies to have identified the operational and environmental risks they face as a result of their water usage, and show that they are pursuing strategies to minimise this ...

  • Auto Supply Chains Facing Increased Scrutiny

    Few industries face the same level of increased environmental scrutiny as the automotive industry, according to a column by 3E Company solutions engineer Kami Blake, published on Chemical Watch. Expanding environmental compliance requirements, ecological mandates and nongovernmental organization watch groups are all ...


    By 3E Company

  • Things that can get you fired an environmental career has some unique challenges

    With the economy what it is, job security is a topic on most people’s minds. In a recent article distributed by FINS and The Wall Street Journal, Kelly Eggers  examined the top 10 things that one can do to get oneself fired.1 Indeed, a quick internet search can find dozens of similar “top reasons” for terminations. There is a common thread among all of these articles, such ...

  • Myanmar (Burma): Being Environmentally Responsible not Reckless

    Over the last few months Myanmar (Burma) has rarely been seen out of the news. A number of key milestones have been witnessed by both the Burmese people and the wider International community.  The success of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (“NLD”) party at the polls, the floatation of the Myanmar (Burma) currency (Kyat – pronounced Chat), ...

  • Addressing Transparency Expectations in the Metals and Mining Sector

    The “Age of Transparency” is a term that has been widely used to describe society’s growing demand for information, but how does sustainability fit into these expectations? As Steve Baer noted in his article on the evolution of green building requirements, these demands are being translated in a very direct way in the building and construction sector. For that sector and others ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

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