Despite two years of reporting under the Dodd-Frank Act, conflict minerals reporting is still burdensome for a number of companies.
While it won’t solve all reporting problems, the recently published IPC-1081, Conflict Minerals Due Diligence White Paper can help. Developed and published by IPC’s E-30 Conflict Minerals Due Diligence Committee, the White Paper provides the electronics industry with practical examples for developing a conflict minerals compliance program within a company.
The IPC White Paper includes information on where tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold are used in electronics and also includes conflict minerals policy statements and goes into detail on engaging suppliers by providing tools and techniques. These tools and techniques will help companies establish and sustain a working relationship with suppliers resulting in an effective conflict minerals program.
Though IPC WP-1081 does not establish mandatory practices, it was developed to be consistent with the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Due Diligence Guidance, which is referenced in Dodd-Frank and the draft European Union conflict minerals regulations.