Conflict Minerals Compliance Project
In 2011 RILA joined the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition-Global e-Sustainability Initiative’s Extractives Subgroup and worked to determine if its approach to developing a Conflict Free Smelter program would be usable for the retail industry.
Identifying that retail-specific needs to be added to the EICC and GeSI Template, RILA was pleased that EICC-GeSI members agreed to expand the scope of the supplier questionnaire to include product level declarations. RILA members then worked with Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) throughout 2012 to develop effective and easy to understand retail-focused training for the EICC and GeSI Template. The training explained to suppliers their due diligence requirements and how they should seek to identify the smelters in their supply chain. This training for suppliers also covered the background of the law, their obligations and how to exercise appropriate due diligence to complete the EICC and GeSI Template. This retail training, along with the EICC and GeSI Template, was piloted with select suppliers in August and September of 2012. After learning’s and gaps were identified from the pilot, the training was adjusted accordingly.
RILA members continue to agree with other industries and NGO’s that a single, widely recognized approach, aligned with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) due diligence guidance, will consistently produce more accurate smelter information from across many industries and help to educate the supply chain, resulting in greater transparency.
RILA would like to thank several of its retail members for their support, assistance and sponsorship in developing the Conflict Minerals Compliance program, especially the program executive committee of Best Buy, Target and Walmart.
For more information on the Conflict Minerals Compliance Project, please contact Adam Siegel at firstname.lastname@example.org.