The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission adopted the Conflict Minerals 13p-1 ruling in August 2012. For the last 3+ years, public companies have filed a “Form SD” with their annual filings documenting their adherence to declaring whether or not their products contain tin, tantalum, tungsten, or gold sourced from the Democratic Republic of Congo - a war torn region.
More devastating is the linkage between sourcing from war torn regions and the potential for forced labor, human trafficking, and slavery. Migrant labor is often targeted by brokers who restrict freedom of movement, collect exorbitant fees, withhold earnings and visas, and in some regions sell workers into slavery.
The United States and the European Union regulate supply chain activities and demand accountability from all who do business in these regions. It is essential that companies understand the existing laws and meet requirements for due diligence and supply chain transparency.
Why Should You Attend?
If a company manufacturers or supplies parts and materials containing conflict minerals or uses subcontracted labor that may hide the presence of forced labor, trafficking, or slave labor, then that company risks above enforcement the potential for lost customers, negative branding, and a sharp decrease in revenues.
This webinar will define the risks, identify key legislation and its components, and offer potential solutions for how to manage compliance and proper due diligence.
- Conflict Minerals timeline, legislation and all updates
- Conflict Minerals reporting requirements both US & EU
- Supply chain awareness and training
- Connection between Conflict Minerals and supply chain slavery
- US Federal Acquisitions Register (FAR) Subpart 22.17
- Awareness, reporting, recruitment and wage plan, housing, prevention procedures
- UK Modern Slavery Act of 2015
- Published statements, audits, steps to due diligence, management awareness
- California Transparency in Supply Chains Act
- Third party audits, supplier certifications of material and labor process, internal procedures, and training
- Actions to Take for Compliance
Ms Kelly Eisenhardt ,
Co-Founder and Managing Director ,
BlueCircle Advisors LLC
Ms. Eisenhardt is Co-Founder and Managing Director at BlueCircle Advisors LLC, a consulting firm that provides strategy and programming to address product compliance risks, sales and revenue protection, and compliance and sustainability practices throughout the supply chain.
With 20 years’ experience in IT and Compliance Software Development, her former roles include: Executive Director of Environmental Programs, at Fair Factories Clearinghouse; Environmental Compliance Manager and Design for Environment programs at EMC Corporation; and Director of Product Management at PTC Corporation for Windchill Product Analytics – an environmental compliance software.
She is a journalist for industry trade publications such as 3BL, JustMeans, Social Earth, CSRwire, Ethical Performance, and CSR@Risk with a focus on trends in product compliance, supply chain transparency, and corporate social responsibility.
In 2015, she traveled with Asia Pulp and Paper to Indonesia and Sumatra to research and write about the company’s zero deforestation efforts and social responsibility programs.
In May 2016, she delivered her paper on “Advancing Product Design with Environmental Compliance,” at the IEEE/ISCPCE conference in Anaheim, California. She is currently on assignment with an IT infrastructure company to build Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs specializing in anti-trafficking compliance, sustainability programming and reporting, and cybersecurity compliance for supply chains.
This 60-minute online course is intended for professionals in the in electronics, automotive, retail, and medical device Industry. Although not presently stated in the draft, the same guide could be used by FDA Regulated Industries personnel.
This webinar will provide valuable assistance to all personnel in:
- Product design
- Supply chain compliance
- Responsible sourcing
- Supply chain risk management
- Environmental compliance
- Social compliance and Auditing
- Corporate Social Responsibility