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We are hiring: Responsible Sourcing Audit Manager

RCS Global are looking to appoint an experienced audit program manager excited about working in this field who is ready to take the next step in their career and join our leadership team.

An ideal candidate will be technical proficient, hardworking, detail-orientated and motivated individual with team management and client facing experience who will quickly be able to complement and lead our established team’s work on the development and implementation of new and…


Added by RCS Global on September 12, 2017 at 7:20 — No Comments

Free webinar: An industry introduction to the new IGF ASM Management Guidance

Endorsed by the IGF’s 56 member countries, the IGF Guidance for Governments: Managing artisanal and small-scale mining primarily supports governments seeking to better-manage their ASM sectors. However, it has also been endorsed by virtually every key industry body -- including the ICMM, LBMA, WGC, RJC, IRMA, TANB, CDI and RJC -- and has key implications for companies in the…


Added by RCS Global on February 16, 2017 at 16:30 — No Comments

More companies are looking to future-proof their conflict minerals due diligence

A lack of clarity on how and when Dodd-Frank Act (DF1502) will be implemented is failing downstream businesses looking to enhance their minerals sourcing compliance. This is one of the main findings from our latest Industry Briefing Note published today.

Four years after the landmark Act was finalized, the reporting requirements for affected businesses remain under review. Yet we are seeing a small but increasing number of companies now choosing to pre-empt the legislation and…


Added by RCS Global on December 8, 2016 at 13:51 — No Comments

What you need to know about Downstream Audits

Access the new CFSI Downstream Audit guidance note from RCS Global


Earlier this month the CFSI’s 2016 Annual Conference took place in Santa Clara, California. The Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI) is a coalition of leading companies dedicated to improving the security and human rights conditions in their raw materials supply chains. The event itself is the pivotal annual conference for ethical mineral supply chain monitoring. 


At the event…


Added by RCS Global on November 30, 2016 at 9:30 — No Comments

New publication: Can state gold buying programs help formalise and better manage ASM?

In February this year, a state gold buying mechanisms (SGBP) unexpectedly hit the limelight, when an AFP story on Gabon’s efforts to formalise what the Government described as “anarchy” in the artisanal gold sector even hit the UK’s tabloid press.


[…] in 2014 the government decided to address the "anarchy" of the situation of the artisanal gold diggers…


Added by RCS Global on May 6, 2016 at 13:30 — No Comments

How the EITI can support artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM)

At the recent EITI Global Conference in Lima, Peru, I facilitated the session on Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) and how the EITI can support countries’ efforts to formalise and professionalise the ASM sector.


Why is this important?

The answers are multiple and straightforward.…


Added by RCS Global on April 13, 2016 at 14:30 — No Comments

Michèle Brülhart nominated to be included in the 2016 Top 100 Conflict Minerals Influence Leaders

RCS Global is pleased to announce that our Head of Auditing Michèle Brülhart has been nominated to be included in the 2016 Top 100 Conflict Minerals Influence Leaders list compiled by Assent.


Michele’s nomination highlights the results of her tireless work on the design and implementation of effective due diligence and third party audit systems from the mines of the African Great Lakes region to end users in the Americas, Asia…


Added by RCS Global on March 14, 2016 at 14:56 — No Comments

We are hiring: Responsible Supply Chains Audit Manager

RCS Global is a boutique, highly regarded audit and advisory firm that provides expert services in responsible supply chains. Our clients include some of the largest and most respected companies and institutions in the world. Our work for them includes the design, development and implementation of custom audit programs so that they meet the demands of regulators and customers.  


We are looking for an experienced audit program manager excited about working in this field who is…


Added by RCS Global on February 18, 2016 at 10:00 — No Comments

End of Year Message

Dear clients, partners and friends,

As another year comes to a close, RCS Global would like to thank all of you for your most valued support. 2015 was a hugely successful year for us in which we significantly extended our global work portfolio, appointed Michèle Brülhart onto RCS Global’s board, and made important structural improvements. For example, as part of our accelerated growth, we consolidated the creation of a China based team, operating throughout the year. We are…


Added by RCS Global on December 10, 2015 at 12:38 — No Comments

The EITI and commodities trading transparency: where are we headed?

For the past 2 years RCS Global has been advising Trafigura on its journey to become the commodities trading industry leader on transparency. With developments in the trading industry transparency space accelerating towards the end of 2015, we would like to share our view of next…


Added by RCS Global on December 10, 2015 at 11:00 — 2 Comments

Meet RCS Global in December 2015

2 – 3 December: Beijing, China

International Workshop on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains

Join RCS Director Michele Brülhart and Bowen Zhang who will be leading the discussion on the Chinese conflict minerals auditing framework at the CCCMC and OECD hosted International Workshop on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains in Beijing, China. 

This post was originally published on our…


Added by RCS Global on November 27, 2015 at 13:31 — No Comments

RCS Global progresses work on the IGF ASM Management Guidance

RCS Global’s collaboration with the Inter-Governmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) in developing the IGF Guidance for Governments on Managing Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) was a core piece of the agenda at the IGF’s 11th Annual General Meeting from October 27 to 29, 2015 in Geneva. We delivered a well-received workshop on the ASM Management Guidance, which was a key milestone in the further development of the Guidance into…


Added by RCS Global on November 10, 2015 at 15:30 — No Comments

2015 Wrap up for responsible sourcing and conflict minerals

We recently started a series of gossip calls with one of our clients – swapping stories from responsible sourcing before getting down to business. It’s been fun, illuminating and interesting – so we thought we would share the picks of the bunch that suggest where the sector is moving over the next year. …


Added by RCS Global on November 10, 2015 at 11:00 — No Comments

Meet RCS Global in November 2015

10 -11 November: Berlin, Germany

German Raw Materials Conference, Assuming Responsibility - Promoting Sustainability in the Raw Materials Sector

Meet RCS Director Dr Nicholas Garrett at German Raw Materials Conference hosted by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) in Berlin, Germany. 

Added by RCS Global on November 6, 2015 at 12:18 — No Comments

Meet RCS Global in October 2015

20th October: Vienna, Austria


LBMA/LPPM Precious Metals Conference 2015


Join RCS Director Harrison Mitchell during the LBMA/LPPM Precious Metals Conference 2015, to be held at the Hilton Vienna. Harrison Mitchell will be speaking and participating in a panel of experts discussing Global Developments in the implementation of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected…


Added by RCS Global on October 13, 2015 at 8:42 — No Comments

Here is what you need to know about China’s new Conflict Minerals Guidelines

In July, RCS Global met with the China Chamber of Commerce of Metals, Minerals & Chemicals Importers and Exporters (CCCMC) in Beijing to discuss efforts to ensure conflict free sourcing. CCCMC has over 6’200 members across the entire mineral supply chain, including the majority of Chinese smelters and refineries supplying international value chains.


Earlier this year, CCCMC published Guidelines for Social Responsibility in Outbound Mining Investments (the Guidelines). The…


Added by RCS Global on September 7, 2015 at 17:30 — No Comments

Where RCS Global will speak in September 2015

10–11 September: Antananarivo, Madagascar. Workshop organised by GIZ

Artisanal Mining Sector: Governance and Initiation of a Permanent Dialogue (Atelier « Secteur minier artisanal à Madagascar: Gouvernance et initiation d’un dialogue permanent)

Join RCS Global Project Director Nicolas Eslava during a two-day workshop that will include the presentation of the RCS Global’s guidance for governments on how to manage artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM),…


Added by RCS Global on September 3, 2015 at 15:00 — No Comments

7 reasons why trading companies disclosing payments to governments makes good business sense

The trillion dollar commodities trading industry is under increasing pressure from advocates and policy makers to adopt more responsible business practices. In this first of a series of blogs on social and political license risks for the commodities trading sector I analyse a central concern of policy makers and advocates: the disclosure of commodities trading companies’ payments to governments.


Supported by the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (…


Added by RCS Global on June 18, 2015 at 17:30 — No Comments

OECD Conference: Responsible Supply Chains Update – May 2015

The annual OECD Conference on Due Diligence and Responsible Sourcing was held last week in Paris, France. Here are the key takeaways from this crucial conference in the calendar year.

  • New due diligence actions from China and the EU to appear in 2015
  • OECD Due Diligence is becoming mainstream worldwide for companies and countries
  • SEC issuers are concerned with data quality which is creating pressures and…

Added by RCS Global on May 14, 2015 at 0:41 — No Comments


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