The Conflict Minerals Effect Video Series Part III: Impact on Creation & Our Partners

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The ethical sourcing of materials from conflict-free regions is a responsibility that most of us in the global EMS industry take very seriously, and not just when emerging legislation tells us it must be so.

Prior to joining Creation, I was president of a company manufacturing bare printed circuit boards, and so I understand first-hand the impact of responsible commodity sourcing upstream in the supply chain.

The ultimate responsibility to comply with the Conflict Minerals legislation in the Dodd-Frank Act falls on the US’s Securities and Exchange Commission’s publically traded companies, many of which are Creation Technologies OEM customers. At Creation we do our best to guide our partners through the process and implement systems to help them comply with formal regulations.

In the third and final installment of our first Conflict Minerals Effect video series, I discuss the direct impact – cost, resources, and opportunities – that the Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals legislation has on our company and customers.

The role that the electronics industry can play in leading change is complex.  In our view, no matter the legislation or challenge, it is most effective for all partners throughout an OEM’s supply chain to have an open dialogue, as much end-to-end visibility as possible, and a plan to work together to do what’s right, as well as what’s necessary.

The Conflict Minerals Effect: Part 3 – Impact on Creation & Our Partners

And if you missed it:

Click here to watch The Conflict Minerals Effect: Part 1 – The Origin

Click here to watch The Conflict Minerals Effect: Part 2 – Industry Challenges

The Conflict Minerals Effect Video Series Part II: Industry Challenges

In the second installment of our video series on conflict minerals, I discuss industry challenges and the effectiveness of the Dodd Frank legislation.

Regulating the origin of raw materials is easier said than done. While it has good intentions, the Dodd Frank Act is flawed and presents significant compliance barriers for electronics manufacturers.

This is a complicated issue that is constantly evolving. I believe that the more honest industry discussion we have around ethical supply chains, the quicker we can eradicate the inhumane practices.

The Conflict Minerals Effect: Part 2 – Industry Challenges

And if you missed it, click here to watch The Conflict Minerals Effect: Part 1 – The Origin.

Introducing Our New Video Series: The Conflict Minerals Effect

Supply chain awareness is critical for OEMs. Especially when the raw materials used to make their electronic products might have ties to terrorist groups and human rights abuses in Central Africa.

I recently had an opportunity to talk about this complicated social and economic issue, and am excited to announce a new three-part video series on the effect of conflict minerals on the EMS industry.

In the first installment, I talk about the controversy surrounding conflict minerals and the legislation put in place that aims to address it.

The Conflict Minerals Effect: Part 1 – The Origin

Understanding the origin of raw materials is not only important from a corporate responsibility standpoint, but for all publically traded companies in the United States, it is actually required by law. Under the Dodd-Frank Act, companies filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) are required to determine whether the minerals used came from the DRC or nine adjoining countries.

And the topic of Conflict Minerals continues to make headlines.

A few weeks ago the EU announced the framework for its own legislation, and new levels of cooperation between the US and China are being announced.

We hope our Conflict Minerals Effect video series provides you with a good overview of the increased focus on emerging legislation, its rigorous requirements, and its global business impact.

Enjoy Part 1!

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