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Lessons Learned from AIM's Participation in the Conflict-Free Tin Initiative

Author: David Suraski
Company: AIM
Date Published: 9/28/2014   Conference: SMTA International


Abstract: Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 mandates that publicly traded companies maintain records of materials originating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or an adjoining country, the so-called “conflict minerals” rule. The rule has had a dramatic effect on the electronics supply chain, costing it billions of dollars, according to the SEC Commission charged with overseeing its implementation. Moreover, it quite possibly even further damaged the fates of legitimate DRC miners, as buyers steer clear of the entire region for fear of violating the law.

The Conflict-Free Tin Initiative (CFTI), a group of leading OEMs and suppliers, is trying to establish a direct and documented supply chain for mining conflict-free ores from the DRC. As a private company, AIM is not directly responsible for complying with Dodd-Frank, but many of its larger customers are. As an early member of the CFTI, AIM has used experience gained in complying with the RoHS Directive to develop a quality assurance system that tracks all material from the DRC (and other regions) by lot, weight and location of manufacturing. That system, along with a detailed look at the CFTI, will be presented.

Key Words: 

Dodd-Frank Act, Conflict Minerals, Conflict-Free Tin Initiative, CFTI, Democratic Republic of the Congo, DRCDodd-Frank Act, Conflict Minerals, Conflict-Free Tin Initiative, CFTI, Democratic Republic of the Congo, DRC



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