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  • EU Conflict Minerals: Due Diligence to be Mandatory for Importers

    Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have announced a victory in the development of the EU’s conflict mineral regulation. On November 22, the European Parliament announced under the new regulation, due diligence would be mandatory for importers of conflict minerals to the European Union. “We have laid the groundwork for an effective tool to break the link ...


    By Assent Compliance Inc.

  • Food Safety Modernization Act Complaince Communication

    The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) of 2011 and the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 require compliance criteria for ingredients (raw materials) used in food production. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration is the governing body for implementation of rules. The seven foundational rules disseminated by the FDA became final in 2016 and are ...


    By Mississippi Lime

  • CH2M wins Performance Audit Group commission from Transport Scotland

    Transport Scotland, the agency responsible for the delivery of major infrastructure projects and for overseeing the operation of the Scottish transport networks, has awarded CH2M the Performance Audit Group (PAG) commission. As the holder of the commission, CH2M will remain responsible for auditing, monitoring and reporting on the financial, technical ...


    By CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd.

  • Fire at Illegal Garment Factory Highlights Necessity of Due Diligence

    Last week, another major accident at an illegal garment factory in South Asia made headline news. In the New Delhi suburb of Ghaziabad, India, a workshop fire took the lives of 13 workers and injured nine others. According to local police, the Ghaziabad fire broke out ...


    By Assent Compliance Inc.

  • The ILO Protocol to the Forced Labor Convention – What Does It Mean for Businesses?

    In June 2014, the International Labour Office (ILO) voted to adopt a new Protocol to the Forced Labor Convention of 1930. The Forced Labor Convention, which 178 States have signed and ratified, is one the ILO’s eight core conventions and commits ratifying States to prohibit the use of ...


    By Assent Compliance Inc.

  • Silver Spring Networks Integrating Distribution Automation Into Baltimore Gas and Electric Smart Grid

    November 4, 2016 -- Silver Spring Networks recently announced that Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) will leverage its Silver Spring IPv6 smart grid platform to connect new devices in their distribution system. The existing Silver Spring multi-application platform will ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Supply Chain Summit Series Launches in Chicago

    The Supply Chain Summit Series kick-off in Chicago was a resounding success, as compliance professionals from across the United States gathered for the inaugural event. Attendees of the one-day conference on October 20th, the first of three scheduled in the series, experienced a tailored agenda full of expert speaker presentations and workshops geared to supply chain compliance, due ...


    By Assent Compliance Inc.

  • LA lobbies for removal of state water funding cap

    In an effort to facilitate the build-out of large-scale water reuse infrastructure, the city of Los Angeles is lobbying for the removal of a project-level cap on state funding in California. The state’s $7.5 billion Proposition 1 bond set aside $725 million in funding for water recycling projects, although individual allocations are currently capped at 35% of eligible capital costs, up to a ...

  • GAO Report Calls for Action to Improve Conflict Mineral Compliance

    The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a Report to Congressional Committees detailing its findings concerning the current implementation of Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The report, titled SEC Conflict Minerals Rule: Companies Face Continuing Challenges in Determining Whether ...


    By Assent Compliance Inc.

  • Free Webinar - Due Diligence & Tractability in the Supply Chain

    Over the last decade, various laws have been adopted that require product suppliers and equipment manufacturers to investigate their supply chains more thoroughly than ever before. Growing regulations such as the UK’s Modern Slavery Act and the pending EU Conflict Minerals legislation are putting pressure on organizations to know more about their ...


    By Compliance and Risks

  • Understanding OSHA’s and Memorandums of Understanding and Inspection Exemptions

    Writer’s Credentials Following a twenty-five-year career as an Occupational Safety & Health Division of Compliance Officer, I conducted workplace/job site inspections to enforce federal and state regulations.  I conducted approximately seventy-five separate fatality investigations, hundreds of non-fatal accidents, imminent dangers, general scheduled inspections, ...

  • Minestis can be used for audit and desktop review of Mineral Resource Estimation projects

    Auditing and reviewing a Mineral Resource Estimate either internally or publicly is a multifaceted process for which no software can pretend it will provide all the required tools to tick all the boxes. But some solution will provide better adapted platforms than others. Minestis falls in that category. By providing a secure and robust workflow which takes users through every step of ...


    By Geovariances

  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency Cracking Down on Forced Labor Imports

    Over the last five months, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency (CBP) has used new powers to block imports of specific goods from three separate Chinese companies. The U.S. Tariff Act of 1930 prohibits the importation of goods mined, produced or manufactured by forced labor, including prison labor. However, the Act contained a loophole which permitted companies to circumvent ...


    By Assent Compliance Inc.

  • New Private Member’s Bill to Strengthen UK Modern Slavery Act

    A Private Member’s Bill to strengthen the UK Modern Slavery Act will receive its second reading today, July 8th, 2016, in the House of Lords. The Bill, introduced in May by Baroness Young of Hornsey, would amend the UK Modern Slavery Act to require: The production of modern slavery reports by government agencies The introduction ...


    By Assent Compliance Inc.

  • Framework Established for EU Conflict Minerals Regulation

    The European Union (EU) Parliament, Council and Commission have agreed upon a framework for an EU conflict minerals regulation. According to a press release from the European Parliament, a political understanding was reached on June 15th between the three groups. Until now, the primary roadblock has been a disagreement on mandatory due diligence for downstream companies, as well as ...


    By Assent Compliance Inc.

  • CA-NV AWWA launches Water Loss Technical Assistance to California Urban Water Systems

    The American Water Works Association’s California-Nevada Section (CA-NV AWWA) is pleased to announce the launch of its Water Loss Technical Assistance Program (Water Loss TAP), a $3.2 million dollar program that will run approximately 2 years to train and assist California’s urban water agencies to produce validated system water audits. The Water Loss TAP is part of CA-NV AWWA’s ...

  • James Testo joins Antea Group as senior consultant

    An experienced management consultant, Jim applies over 25 years of knowledge to developing and implementing global environmental, health and safety programs. As a certified industrial hygienist and having held positions as a corporate EHS manager, regulator and consultant, Jim brings uniquely qualified insight to health and safety compliance and its implications on business performance. His ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • OECD Releases New Version of Due Diligence Guidance

    The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released an updated edition of their OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas. This update clarifies the language used in the previous edition’s introduction. The purpose of the framework is to provide guidance for due ...


    By Assent Compliance Inc.

  • U.S. Department of State Releases Anti-Human Trafficking Due Diligence Framework

    Companies in scope of the United States Federal Acquisition Regulation’s (FAR) Combatting Trafficking in Persons rule have received the guidance they’ve been waiting for. The Responsible Sourcing Tool is a framework that has been developed by the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, Verité, Made in a Free World and the Aspen ...


    By Assent Compliance Inc.

  • Puerto Rican Companies Turn to Zimmetry Environmental for Compliance with OSHA’s New Crystalline Silica Rule

    In March, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) issued their highly anticipated final rule to protect workers from exposure to respirable crystalline silica. OSHA estimates that the rule will save over 600 lives and prevent more than 900 new cases of silicosis each year, once its effects are fully realized. The Final Rule is projected to provide net benefits of about $7.7 ...


    By Zimmetry Environmental

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