ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 1, 2015 /3BL Media/ – The Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative today announced that it has published its new Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT 4.0). The leading multi-industry tool to facilitate transfer of information throughout the supply chain in support of conflict-free sourcing, CMRT 4.0 includes an updated Standard Smelter List and numerous translation improvements.
“CFSI wants this tool to remain accessible across multiple types of software and operating systems, which is why we maintain its simplistic structure. It is critical that companies all over the world can talk to one another. The new CMRT keeps users abreast of the most recent changes to the IPC standard and has valuable improvements in the smelter list, which helps companies improve the accuracy of their disclosures,” said Tara Holeman, CFSI Audit Program Director.
A key update reflected in the CMRT 4.0 is the amendment of the question and answer language in the Declaration to conform to changes adopted by the IPC-1755 Conflict Minerals Data Exchange standard in March 2015. In addition, the Smelter Reference List now displays commonly used alternate names for smelters, as well as their city, province and country. These changes will assist CMRT users with confirming the identity of the smelters they are reporting. CFSI’s website contains a list of revisions from version 3.02 and a downloadable MS Excel® version of the Standard Smelter List.
CFSI recommends that companies use CMRT 3.0, 3.01 or 3.02 versions for the collection of 2014 supply chain data, and the 3.02 version of the Standard Smelter List, for filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in 2015 where required. CMRT 4.0 is not recommended for filing 2014 supply chain data, but is designed for 2015 reporting.
The CMRT is available for download on the CFSI website. For additional tools to support conflict-free sourcing, companies can join the CFSI as members and enjoy benefits including access to Reasonable Country of Origin data and other resources that support making informed decisions about conflict minerals in their supply chains.
About the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative
Founded in 2008 by members of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and the Global eSustainability Initiative (GeSI), the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI) has grown into one of the most utilized and respected resources for companies addressing conflict minerals issues in their supply chains. More than 200 companies participate in the CFSI today, contributing to a range of tools and resources including the Conflict-Free Smelter Program, the Conflict Minerals Reporting Template, Reasonable Country of Origin Inquiry data and a range of white papers and guidance documents on conflict minerals sourcing. The CFSI also runs regular workshops on conflict minerals issues and contributes to policy development and debates with leading civil society organizations and governments.
Leah Butler, Audit Program Manager
Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative
Jarrett Bens, Director of Communications
Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition
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