RMI Launches New Responsible Minerals Standard for Tin and Tantalum

The Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) has recently published a new standard for Tin and Tantalum.

Online PR News – 13-December-2017 – Geneva, Switzerland – The Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) has recently published a new standard for tin and tantalum. Issued on June 12, 2017, the “Responsible Minerals Assurance Process, Tin and Tantalum Standard” will become effective on June 1, 2018.

The principle difference between the previous standard, the Conflict Free Smelter Program (CFSP), and the new standard, the Responsible Minerals Assurance Process (RMAP), is the latter’s alignment with OECD assessment procedures. The new system follows the OECD five-steps:

1. Establish strong management systems
2. Identify and assess risks in the supply chain
3. Design and implement a strategy to respond to identified risks
4. Carry out independent third-party audit of refiner’s due diligence practices
5. Report annually on supply chain due diligence

Requirements relating to audit frequency, general audit processes, material scope, commitment to confidentiality, and criteria such as mass balance calculation, the requirement for a responsible supply chain policy, and recommended documentation, all remain unchanged in the new standard.

Recently rebranded as the RMI, the former Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI) has over 360-members and is a multi-industry wide initiative to restrict the use of conflict minerals.

The new standard is currently available in English, Chinese, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish, and will soon be joined by a new standard for Tungsten and Gold.

SGS RMI and Traceability Audit Services
SGS is fully approved by the RMI and has completed a large number of CFSP audits for Gold, Tin, Tantalum, and Tungsten since 2015. In addition, they are actively involved in other initiatives in relation to conflict minerals, both for third-party initiatives, such as Responsible Jewellery Council certification, and for client’s own programmes, such as the Signet Responsible Sourcing Protocol. SGS helps organisations who want to meet their local responsibilities or manage risks in their supply chains in relation to conflict minerals. To learn more about SGS Traceability Audit Services: [www.sgs.com/en/consumer-goods-retail/audits/traceability-audits]

For further information contact:

Alexis Shu
Marketing Executive, Supply chain Assessments & Solutions (SAS)
Tel: +86-755 2532 8137
Email: crs.media@sgs.com

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