EU Adopts Conflict Mineral Regulations

The EU this week voted to adopt regulations pertaining to the sourcing of tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold (3TG) from conflicted regions of the world. The regulations, which require supply chain due diligence self-certification of tin, tantalum and tungsten, their ores, and gold originating in conflict-affected and high-risk areas, are mandatory for smelters and importers of raw materials and…

Electronics OEMs Advance Responsible Sourcing Initiative

The globalization of the electronics industry has presented both opportunities and challenges for the supply chain. As electronics companies source more raw materials from around the globe, practices associated with the mining of minerals have come under scrutiny. While initiatives such as the Dodd-Frank Act in the U.S. have improved conditions in certain regions, such…

Sanmina: How an EMS Tackles Conflict Minerals Compliance

Electronics manufacturing services (EMS) providers in many regards resemble OEMs – they design, assemble, ship and even support end products. But the distinctions between the businesses are extremely important, particularly when it comes to matters of compliance. The conflict minerals provision of the Dodd-Frank Act, for example, requires manufacturers to disclose the use of tin,…

Electronics Ranks High in Conflict Minerals Compliance

In a very short period of time the electronics industry has moved from grudging acceptance of the so-called U.S. “conflict minerals” rule to a leadership position in compliance, research concludes. Moreover, companies that have embraced the measure to boycott materials mined in certain regions of the world are driving positive change throughout the supply chain.…

Conflict Minerals Rule: An Exercise in Futility?

Electronic and paper documentations showing efforts by OEMs and component vendors to comply with the Conflict Minerals Rule are piling up at high-tech companies worldwide even as a courtroom battle rages over the legality of the legislation, according to interview sources. Although a Federal Court has ruled that a portion of the law violates manufacturers’…

Conflict Minerals Ruling Ignites Compliance Confusion

Electronics manufacturers and component suppliers seeking guidance from authorities following a recent court ruling striking down a portion of the Conflict Minerals Rule will have to wait a while longer. While an industry organization representing suppliers and distributors believes the ruling may have eliminated the need for compliance with the legislation, some lawyers are advising…

Don’t Bet Against Conflict Minerals Regulation

You couldn’t find a more Pyrrhic victory. A U.S. Appeals Court has ruled that the Conflict Minerals disclosure requirement of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act violates the First Amendment rights of manufacturing companies. The ruling, in favor of the National Association of Manufacturers, (NAM) means enterprises cannot be compelled by the Securities and Exchange Commission…

Independent Audit of Conflict Minerals Law Compliance Rare

Semiconductor vendors, most major consumer electronic OEMs and other high-tech companies largely ignored the voluntary independent audit requirement for compliance with the Dodd-Franks Conflict Minerals legislation in 2013 and this will most likely remain unchanged for 2014, according to a report compiled by Schulte Roth & Zabel, a law firm that provides advisory services to…