IPC Releases White Paper on Conflict Minerals Due Diligence

August 28, 2015 — The Dodd-Frank Act continues to be burdensome for companies required to report on the usage of conflict minerals. In order to address industry concerns, IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries® has released IPC-1081, Conflict Minerals Due Diligence White Paper (IPC WP-1081), a document designed to help with some reporting woes.

Developed and published by IPC's E-30 Conflict Minerals Due Diligence Committee, this White Paper provides the electronics industry with practical examples for developing a conflict minerals compliance program within a company. In addition, the White Paper contains examples of industry-specific information on where tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold are used in electronics.

IPC WP-1081 also discusses a few different methods for engaging suppliers. These tools and techniques will help companies establish and sustain a working relationship with suppliers, resulting in an effective conflict minerals program.

"IPC-1081, Conflict Minerals Due Diligence White Paper is a great evolving central reference of relevant information compiled to help stakeholders develop their internal conflict minerals programs," said E-30 committee co-chair David Carnevale, staff engineer, Energy and Environmental Compliance at Dolby Laboratories, Inc. "The committee assembled this resource to address a recently formed gap in which some ambiguity still exists."

Though IPC WP-1081 does not establish mandatory practices, it was developed to be consistent with the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Due Diligence Guidance, which is referenced in Dodd-Frank and the draft European Union conflict minerals regulations.

IPC WP-1081 is available for download at www.ipc.org/1081. For additional information, contact Fern Abrams, IPC director of regulatory affairs and government relations, at FernAbrams@ipc.org.

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