by Source Intelligence
on August 25, 2022
The conflict minerals regulatory landscape has changed significantly over the years with the intention of increasing supply chain transparency, as well as identifying and mitigating human rights issues. As regulations evolve and require more resources to manage, conflict minerals compliance software can help streamline the process. It’s crucial to invest in quality, comprehensive software that addresses common compliance challenges and ever-changing regulations. Continue reading to learn how conflict minerals compliance software can help your business.
Managing conflict minerals compliance in-house presents many obstacles, which prolong the supplier investigation and due diligence process and increase risk. The three main challenges associated with in-house 3TG compliance management are:
Lack of full-time resources devoted to the data collection process
Conflict mineral reporting programs heavily rely on data collected from the upstream supply chain. Manual supply chain outreach, data collection, and data review processes - including the work required to verify responses and ensure quality information is received – is both resource- and time-intensive.
Most companies do not have full-time teams that are solely devoted to the outreach, data collection, and quality assurance procedures associated with 3TG compliance, nor do they have sufficient resources to build automation into the reporting process. Manually conducting these tasks can lead to lower supplier responsiveness and hinder data collection for reporting purposes.
Problems collecting supplier responses
Supplier response rates are affected by a wide variety of factors that companies must address. This includes the supplier’s familiarity with the respective conflict minerals regulation requirements, as well as the company’s ability to engage with suppliers in their native languages. Companies managing their minerals programs in-house may not have the regulatory expertise and/or language capabilities to easily overcome these barriers.
Difficulty extracting collected information from supplier files
Once data is collected, it must be assessed for risk mitigation and due diligence purposes. While the conflict mineral reporting templates created by the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) ensure that the data is collected in a standard format, companies also must be able to extract information from individual files provided by suppliers to view results, identify risk, and make supply chain decisions. Despite the information received from a supplier via a conflict mineral reporting template, accessing and interpreting individual files to corroborate the information can pose its own set of challenges.
Investing in conflict minerals compliance software helps address the familiar challenges of managing conflict mineral reporting in-house, while also enabling your business to do the following:
Increase supply chain transparency over time. Benefit from improvements in supplier response rates and data accuracy year after year.
Convey a commitment to regulatory compliance. Demonstrate a commitment to regulatory compliance by asking suppliers for conflict minerals compliance information on an annual basis. This encourages your suppliers to collect the same information from their supply chain.
Continually evaluate risk in your supply chain. Evaluate supply chain risk for existing conflict mineral regulations, as well as against additional regulations. This helps uncover violations within your supply chain, such as human rights violations, on a global scale.
Discover which suppliers are in scope for other minerals/materials. Assess products to determine the presence of relevant materials within those products. The annual data collected from your supply chain will allow you to better identify which products are affected by which regulations.
While there are several conflict minerals compliance software options to choose from, it’s important to compare providers in terms of functionality, intuitiveness, flexibility, customer support, and more. When vetting and comparing conflict minerals compliance software, take these key areas into consideration:
Data Integrity – Supplier response rates, automated quality assurance processes, and ongoing supplier education help ensure high-quality data collection.
Increased Visibility for Reporting Purposes – Reporting capabilities allow companies to format data into visual reports and increase visibility for internal and external analysis purposes.
Simplified Risk Identification – A strong quality assurance process is essential for reviewing supplier template responses for discrepancies, assessing the accuracy of the provided smelter or processor data, and categorizing high-risk responses.
Flexibility to Adapt to Regulatory Changes – A flexible platform with the ability to adapt to regulatory changes will ensure readiness for newly identified conflict minerals, added reporting templates, and ongoing changes to conflict mineral reporting requirements.
While these four areas are essential components of quality conflict minerals compliance software, ultimately, finding the solution that best fits the needs of your business will generate the best results.
Source Intelligence offers a comprehensive, industry-leading conflict minerals compliance solution backed by compliance experts with decades of experience. We provide several resources to support your company on its 3TG compliance journey, including:
What does this mean for your business? Simple, effortless compliance. We’ve helped thousands of companies achieve comprehensive supply chain transparency. Request a demo today to discover how Source Intelligence can streamline conflict minerals reporting.