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Best of Forum Webinar - Conflict Minerals, An Emerging Product Stewardship and Supply Chai
Best of the Forum Series: Conflict Minerals - An Emerging Product Stewardship and Supply Chain Issue

The Best of Forum series features encore webinar presentations of the top-rated sessions from the 19th Annual EHS Management Forum. These interactive presentations are peer-led case studies from leading companies that represent the latest in EHS and sustainability management. If you missed the Forum, this series is a cost effective way to benchmark your program, ask questions, and share the Forum experience with your team.

Conflict Minerals - An Emerging Product Stewardship and Supply Chain Issue

Conflict Minerals - An Emerging Product Stewardship and Supply Chain Issue

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. (ET)
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Cost: $99 for Members, $189 for Non-Members

Legislation passed in July 2010 is now impacting EHS and sustainability managers across all industries, ranging from electronics to food packaging. Learn how three leading companies are facing this new regulation from the beginning of the supply chain to the end retailer. Don’t assume you are not impacted, and find out how to address this issue.

Attendees will take away insights that include:

  • Potential Impacts this law will have on industry
  • New reporting and disclosure requirements for product materials
  • Additional due diligence, audit and certification requirements
  • The affect this rule has on all companies and EHS & sustainability managers

Featuring presentations by:

  • Gary Niekerk, Director, Global Citizenship, Intel Corp.
  • Monique Oxender, Global Manager, Supply Chain Sustainability, Ford Motor Co.
  • Andrew O’Donovan, General Manager, Cabot Corp.

Speaker biographies:

Gary Niekerk

Gary Niekerk

Gary Niekerk has spent 25 years working with employees, customers, and stakeholders to protect and build the brands and reputation of some of the world's leading high-tech companies. Mr. Niekerk has worked for Hewlett-Packard Co., Apple Inc. and Intel Corp. where he has spent the past 17 years. Gary was involved in Intel’s initial efforts to address conflict minerals in their supply chain, working with Intel’s procurement function, suppliers, and external stakeholder groups. While at Intel, he has held a variety of leadership positions, including: Regional Environmental Health & Safety Director, Human Resources Communications Manager and External Affairs Manager. His current position is Director, Corporate Citizenship in Intel's Corporate Affairs organization, where he works on corporate strategy related to sustainability, corporate reputation and stakeholder management.

Mr. Niekerk is an accomplished speaker with expertise in integrating corporate responsibility into the business. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Safety and Health and a Master of Science degree in Industrial Hygiene. He and his wife live in Arizona where he is an active volunteer in the local community, and he is Past-President of the Chandler Education Foundation Board of Directors.

Monique Oxender

Monique Oxender

Monique Oxender manages sustainability efforts for Ford Motor Co.'s global supply chain. During her tenure with Ford, she has developed curriculum for Human Rights training and designed leading strategic supplier programs for CSR. Her work has also included strategic planning and implementation for supply chain GHG emissions estimation and water footprinting. Most recently, Ms. Oxender has worked with international organizations (e.g., the United Nations, ILO and the OECD), other industries and the US government to navigate emergent supply chain transparency issues for Ford. Among these issues has been the due diligence required for Conflict Mineral sourcing out of Central African nations.

In addition, she is an Executive on Loan to the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) and serves as Chair of multiple collaborative industry groups working on addressing sustainability issues in the global automotive supply chain. Deliverables of these working groups have included: a common reporting format and training for conflict minerals, global working conditions and GHG emissions estimation.

With a background in secondary education and sustainability, Monique has an MBA and a Master of Science degree from the University of Michigan.

Andrew O’Donovan

Andrew O’Donovan

Andrew O'Donovan is General Manager of Cabot Supermatels, a Boston-based processor of tantalum and niobium products for the electronics and other industries. Through its Pennsylvania and Japanese manufacturing plants, Cabot Supermetals processes tantalum ore into a raw material used primarily in tantalum capacitor and semiconductor products. In 2010, the company was the first metal processor to be audited and declared "conflict-free" by the EICC/GeSI organized smelter validation program.

Mr. O’Donovan has more than 16 years of experience in various parts of the electronics supply chain and is an active member of the EICC (Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition) Extractives Committee.

He is a business graduate of University College Cork and University College Dublin in Ireland.

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