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The Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI), which is a multi-industry initiative with over 360 member companies, will become the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI). In parallel with the CFSI rebrand to RMI, the Conflict Free Smelter Program (CFSP) name has also changed to the Responsible Minerals Assurance Process (RMAP).

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The Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI), which is a multi-industry initiative with over 360 member companies, will become the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI). In parallel with the CFSI rebrand to RMI, the Conflict Free Smelter Program (CFSP) name has also changed to the Responsible Minerals Assurance Process (RMAP).

RMI published a new standard named “Responsible Minerals Assurance Process, Tin and Tantalum Standard” on June 12, 2017, which will be effective from June 1, 2018. The new standard for Sn and Ta is now available in English, Chinese, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. A new standard for Tungsten and Gold is to be posted.

What’s changed and what has stayed the same between old and new standards?

Unchanged:

  • Audit frequency,
  • General audit process,
  • Material scope,
  • Commitment to confidentiality,
  • Criteria such as the mass balance calculation, the requirement for a responsible supply chain policy, and recommended documentation are similar.

Changed:

Responsible Minerals Assurance Process (RMAP) is now OECD aligned assessment. This Follows the OECD 5 steps as below:

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Comparison between old and new standards:

Old standard New standard
Approach Validate transactions Review of a management system
Policy Conflict Minerals Policy Supply Chain Policy
Procedural Have different sampling plans for Secondary and Non-secondary materials Tools and procedures are being revised. In particular, sampling methodology has been updated, decreasing the number of samples for secondary materials.

Above information is collected from RMI official website. For more information, please visit http://www.responsiblemineralsinitiative.org/

SGS is fully approved by RMI and has completed a large number of CFSP audits for Gold, Tin, Tantalum, and Tungsten since 2015.  In addition, SGS is actively involved in other initiatives in relation to conflict minerals, both for 3rd party initiatives such as Responsible Jewellery Council certification and for client’s own programmes, such as including the Signet Responsible Sourcing Protocol. SGS can help organisations who want to meet their local responsibilities or manage risks in their supply chains in relation to conflict minerals.

For enquiries, please contact:

Alexis Shu
Marketing Executive, Supply chain Assessments & Solutions (SAS)
t: +86-755 2532 8137

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