Three Conflict Minerals Rule Concepts Manufacturers Need to Understand

Conflict minerals regulation is designed to address the problem of violent insurgencies that fund their efforts through the sale of minerals on lands they control, oftentimes through alleged forced labor and other human rights abuses.

The regulation was initially developed in response to the practice of mining these “conflict minerals” in the eastern parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the late 1990s and early 2000s, but today applies to mineral sales used to fund militias in a number of locales, including Colombia and the Central African Republic. In concept, minerals mined in these areas controlled by forces that have been found to use these inhumane approaches are to be banned from the supply chain of public companies.

In this whitepaper, we will examine:

  • The implications that conflict minerals regulation has on industrial companies
  • The role that enterprise software like enterprise resource planning (ERP) can play in documenting due diligence required for compliance

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