Responsible Minerals Trade Working Group

Objective of the Working Group

 Since the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was enacted in July 2010, Section 1502 (conflict minerals) of said law has been having a significant impact on US industry as well as Japanese industry.

 JEITA has been engaging in the promotion of CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) throughout the supply chain in the IT and Electronics industries. With this background, JEITA has formally set up the Responsible Minerals Trade Working Group under the General Policy Committee to achieve responsible minerals sourcing and to deal with Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act and other relevant regulations.

What is Responsible Minerals Sourcing ?

 It is an effort to prevent the use of minerals, the sources of which directly or indirectly support acts of human rights violations from the standpoint of CSR.

Action Plans of the Working Group

  • To achieve responsible minerals sourcing, the Working Group will take the lead in planning and implementation of reasonable and effective policies with consideration for JEITA members’ interest and minimization of cost.
  • The Working Group strives to improve Japanese companies’ presence in the international society by collaborating on international initiatives such as RBA/GeSI’s program.

Roles of the Working Group

  1. To develop and promote policies and action plans for responsible minerals sourcing (including conflict minerals) as JEITA.
  2. To present recommendations of JEITA members to RMI based on the MOU between JEITA and RBA/GeSI.
  3. Being positioned as a hub, to build a multi-industry collaborative network and work toward solutions regarding responsible minerals sourcing.

Functional Teams

Communication Team

  1. ・Comprehend trends of and respond to regulations of each country/area such as the Dodd-Frank Act and SEC Regulations in the US, EU Conflict Minerals Regulation, etc.
  2. ・Conduct surveys on the conditions of responsible minerals sourcing inquiry as well as their impact on industry
  3. ・Exchange opinions and cooperate with government agencies, industry organizations, etc. related to responsible minerals sourcing
  4. ・Exchange opinions with outside stakeholders such as NGO, experts, etc.

Education and PR Team

  1. ・Comprehend and respond to issues resulting from responsible minerals sourcing inquiry
  2. ・Hold seminars for supply chains of the IT & Electronics industries to promote responsible minerals sourcing
  3. ・Prepare and promote materials explaining the Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT) provided by RMI
  4. ・Develop common reporting templates other than 3TG (cobalt, etc.) for the industry and send recommendations to RMI

Data Exchange Standard Development Team

  1. ・Cooperate in developing IPC-1755 Standard (Conflict Minerals Data Exchange standard, which defines data to be used in conflict minerals inquiry such as CMRT, etc.)
  2. ・Consider revisions to CMRT and send recommendations to RMI
  3. ・Collect information of new technologies related to supply chain investigations (including blockchain) as well as specifications and standards of data exchange

Smelter Support Team

  1. ・Engage in outreach activities for smelters to accomplish responsible minerals sourcing
  2. ・Collect and review risk information about smelters

Japan Conflict Free Sourcing WG

  1. ・Exchange information between the automobile industry and the IT & electronics industries
  2. ・Educate other industries and suppliers and promote understanding of the responsible minerals sourcing inquiry

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