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In the last 20 years more than 5 million people have died in the Democratic Republic of Congo as a result of armed conflict. The groups who continue to wage war are often financed by trade in “conflict minerals,” If you’re an SEC registrant in the U.S. or are a listed company in most western Countries and your products contain these minerals, you’re now responsible for establishing due diligence across your supply chain to verify that your raw minerals are not being produced in a way that supports armed conflict. We can provide on-site inspections at mine sites world wide to provide the verification you need to report to regulating authorities.
On site inspections require technical knowledge of mining operations, geology and metallurgy. Travelling in often remote and potentially hostile environments requires significant experience to get the job done safely.
Our team has conducted mineral investigations, evaluations and mapping in a wide range of countries including. South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho, Mozambique, Zambia, DRC, Congo-Brazzaville, Malawi, Uganda, Tanzania, Eritrea, Djibouti, Nigeria, Morocco, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria, Cameroon, Madagascar, Benin, Mauritania, Mali, Gabon, Sierra Leone, Cote D'Ivoire, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Mongolia, India, Turkey, US, Canada, Brazil and Colombia,
The purpose of Dodd-Frank is to create the transparency to drive markets for conflict-free minerals. The Dodd-Frank Act requires a new level of supply chain transparency and affects public reporting for thousands of companies. Not only are SEC registrants directly impacted, but also their non-public company suppliers. Conflict Minerals include columbite-tantalite (tantalum), wolframite (tungsten), cassiterite (tin), cobalt, gold and certain rare earth elements. If use any of these materials , you’re likely subject to this regulation or similar ones in other countries. conflict minerals compliance
The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act requires companies to publicly disclose their efforts to eradicate human trafficking, child labor and modern slavery in their operations. This law helps consumers wanting to purchase ethically-manufactured and sourced minerals and metals by facilitating access to corporate responsible sourcing programs, initiatives and activities.
The French Corporate Duty of Vigilance Law makes is a duty for companies in France to identify and prevent risks to human rights, the use of conflict minerals and child labor that may occur as a result of their business activities. . The law is designed to improve the corporate social responsibility programs of the companies and aid the victims of these crimes in achieving justice and prevent armed conflict financed by conflict minerals.
The Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) applies to contractors doing business with the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). Among other stipulations, DFARS prohibits the use of human trafficking and forced labor in the supply chains of contractors and subcontractors doing business with the DoD. As with the standard Federal Acquisition (FAR) defense contractors and subcontractors must not deny an employee access to their identity or immigration documents, use misleading practices to recruit workers, charge recruitment fees or fail to provide written contracts of employment, among other things.