Conflict Minerals Platform

The WERCSmart Platform Enables Manufacturers and Retailers to Collect, Interpret and Manage Data Up and Down the Supply Chain

Conflict minerals carry a hidden humanitarian cost that affects a wide range of products, from toothpaste to technology. As regulatory changes and increased public scrutiny seek to eradicate the use of conflict minerals, manufacturers are facing complex challenges related to identifying, mitigating and reporting on areas of risk throughout the supply chain. The WERCSmart Platform: Conflict Minerals is a comprehensive decision-support system that enables manufacturers and retailers to collect, interpret and manage data up and down the supply chain. This scalable platform supports customer needs related to the Reasonable Country of Origin Inquiry (RCOI) required by Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act. It also manages more than 450,000 product UPCs for 7,400 suppliers selling to all 25 of the largest U.S. retailers.

The system works by allowing manufacturers to gather survey responses from suppliers within the system, as a way to effectively manage information upstream and report information downstream in a consistent manner. Additionally, the WERCSmart Platform: Conflict Minerals allows customers to:

  • Distribute the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) conflict minerals questionnaire to suppliers subject to the requirements
  • Focus resources on suppliers and products that have been identified as high-risk based on survey responses and choice of smelters
  • Receive notifications from the system to pursue suppliers who haven’t provided access to requested information
  • Identify the use of conflict-free sourcing smelters
  • Report on program activity in aggregate for greater efficiency
  • Streamline and share information and reports with multiple customers

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