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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 RCS Global joined representatives from organisations ranging from the OECD, the China Chamber of Commerce of Metals Minerals & Chemicals Importers & Exporters (CCCMC), the European Partnership for Responsible Minerals (EPRM), the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM), and several leading campaigning organisations including Amnesty International, Global Witness, and the Enough Project.

 

One of the main areas of discussion at the event was the launch of the new CFSI Downstream Audit.

 

The audit provides a mechanism for companies to obtain independent validation of responsible sourcing practices in alignment with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Mineral Supply Chains from Conflict-Affected or High-Risk Areas. It is specifically designed to help 3TG processors, traders and manufacturers source responsibly and has particular relevance for companies importing 3TG-containing products into the EU in light of the forthcoming EU Directive on Conflict Minerals, which will require mandatory due diligence for importers of minerals and metals of 3TG.

 

This audit also consolidates responsible sourcing reporting requirements within the downstream. This means companies can streamline audits as they may no longer need to commission and/or undergo multiple audits each year.

 

Learn more:

RCS Global played a leading role in the development of the audit, helping to construct the process on behalf of the CFSI. Given this position we wanted to give potential users of the audit a clear outline of what exactly it is; who it is relevant for; and how the audit process itself is carried out. Finally, we wanted to highlight how completion of the audit itself can be of real value to companies themselves.

 

To get insight into all of these questions you can access our CFSI Downstream Audit note here.

 

CFSI staff and our team are also available to discuss the program and auditing options at any time via the email address below.

 

Join our webinar:

CFSI and RCS will be jointly holding a webinar on December 8, 2016 from 11-12pm Eastern Standard Time to provide an overview of the audit, including a general Q&A session. To join the webinar or for general inquiries about the program, contact Hillary Amster, CFSI Audit Program Manager, at hamster@eiccoalition.org

Schedule an assessment:

To schedule an assessment, contact Michèle Brülhart, Head of Global Audit Practice at RCS Global, at contact@rcsglobal.com

 

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