Industry association IPC has released a guide to help the electronics manufacturing industry develop an effective conflict minerals program to meet customer, legal and regulatory requirements
Conflict minerals obligations were established by Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, as well as the regulation published by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The IPC Conflict Minerals Due Diligence Guide provides valuable guidance on the tracking, management, disclosure and reporting of conflict minerals.
Expected to have a similar impact on OEMs as the EU RoHS Directive, conflict minerals regulations will affect the entire electronics supply chain, regardless of whether or not a company is directly regulated by the SEC. Recognizing the complexities and business challenges that are associated with the global electronics industry and its vast network of global suppliers, IPC’s guide walks companies through the appropriate level of due diligence given their size or number of supply chain relationships.
“This document will help companies navigate their downstream supply chain due diligence responsibilities," says John Ciba, Brady Corp. and co-chair of the IPC conflict minerals committee. "There is a real need in the downstream supply chain for step-by-step guidance on what to do when it comes to addressing conflict minerals regulations and that’s exactly what this guide provides,” Ciba adds.
The IPC guide includes details on what a company should include in its conflict minerals program. The document covers everything from who to include on a company’s conflict minerals team to what to include in a company policy statement. The guide also lays out steps for identifying and prioritizing suppliers. Due to the complexity of the electronics supply chain it is imperative to identify key suppliers in order to ensure they are thoroughly vetted for conflict minerals information. Since Section 1502 and the SEC regulations require companies to show their due diligence, this guide includes information on ensuring due diligence measures are met.
“This document is beneficial to industry,” says Joel Sherman, KEMET Electronics and fellow co-chair of the IPC Conflict Minerals Due Diligence Committee. “Although the guide was developed by and for the electronics industry supply chain, companies in many industries may find the guide useful.”
IPC Conflict Minerals Due Diligence Guide is available in print as well as electronically. For more information or to purchase the guide, visit www.ipc.org/conflict-minerals-guide