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Key Practice Area: Compliance Excellence

Managing Conflict Minerals

Nov. 2011

In July 2010, the Conflict Minerals rule went into effect, creating new reporting requirements for products containing tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold. Learn what this rule means for companies and how to manage these materials in your supply chain.


This webinar from Nov. 17, 2011 reveals how three leading companies are addressing the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Conflict Minerals Rule. In this section you will find:

Speaker Bios:

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

Video: Watch an interview with Gary Niekerk about Intel’s approach to managing conflict minerals.

Resources: Find links to white papers, organizations and information about conflict minerals.

Webinar: This webinar covers:

  • Background on how industry groups and smelters are addressing this issue
  • Potential impacts of the new rule on industry
  • New reporting and disclosure requirements for product materials
  • Additional due diligence, audit and certification requirements

Speaker Bios

Gary Niekerk, Director, Global Citizenship, Intel Corp.

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, Global Manager, Supply Chain Sustainability, Ford Motor Co.

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, General Manager, Cabot Corp.

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.


Intel’s Approach to Managing Conflict Minerals
An interview with Gary Niekerk, Director of Global Citizenship for Intel Corp.


The following is a list of resources to help you address conflict minerals in your supply chain:

Securities and Exchange Commission Press Release regarding the Conflict Minerals Rule
The Dodd-Frank Act will require publically traded manufacturing companies to conduct due diligence inquires of their supply chains. Read background about the issues and debate surrounding the new SEC rule.

OECD Guidance Document
OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas gives recommendations on helping companies respect human rights and avoid contributing to conflict through their mineral or metal purchasing.

The Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC)
The Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition is a code of conduct established to encourage the adoption of CSR best practices by ensuring workers safety and fairness, environmental responsibility, and business efficiency. It gives guidelines and tools to audit compliance with codes so that companies can report progress and continuously improve.

The Global E-sustainability Initiative (GeSI)
The Global E-sustainability Initiative sets out to identify the main areas of the ICT sector; making sure their member companies can make the biggest impact on sustainability. They have created a materiality matrix which plots about 80 sustainability criteria which is used to identify and address the issues of their member companies.

Automotive Industry Action Group’s letter to its suppliers
This letter, issued in April 2011, informs AIAG’s suppliers about the new conflict minerals legislation and identifies steps the suppliers should take to help the automotive companies comply.

Intel’s white paper on a Conflict-Free Supply chain
Intel Corp. has worked diligently to ensure their products are conflict-free through accountability and audits, partnering with key industries to drive industry-wide action, and to work to find solutions to this complex issue. This white paper provides background on the issue and explains the steps Intel has taken to eliminate conflict minerals from its products.


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