|Almost overnight, deeply entrenched high tech industry experts and the general public alike, were startled by the inclusion of "conflict minerals" being signed into law within the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The six-page legislative provisions signed on July 21, 2010 will have a direct impact on the supply chain, especially consumer electronics companies square in its cross-hairs. Gold, tin, tantalum and tungsten are among materials subject to regulatory requirements that seek to limit or eliminate materials that support parties linked with human rights abuses and funding armed groups in or near the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
The most immediately affected are publicly traded companies, most notably in the high tech sector, who are subject to pending SEC reporting requirements. However, the question remains: Will a conflict minerals movement sink enough teeth into the supply chain to fundamentally change price, availability and supplier selection for these metals and subsequently blind-side adjacent supply chains and all regions around the globe? Find out.
Join IHS and GreenBiz Group on this live webcast as they unveil the results of an exclusive survey that gauged awareness, sentiment, concern, and preparedness of the supply chain in response to conflict minerals traceability and accountability. They will share findings from the study and share practitioner insight as to such questions as:
Rory King, Director, Global Product Marketing, IHS
Rory is responsible for go-to-market strategy and product marketing for IHS offerings that address market initiatives in product lifecycle and supply chain management, as well as environmental health & safety and sustainability. King’s efforts have earned more than ten individual and team-based awards in areas relating to supply chain excellence, environmental compliance and sustainability. These include receipt of company-based Excellence and Leadership Team Awards, industry recognition as a ‘Supply Chain Pro to Know,’ and key contributions among teams winning the Green Supply Chain Award and Supply Chain Top 100 Award honors.
Andrew K. Reese, Editor, Supply & Demand Chain Executive
Andrew is editor of the leading business magazine providing original intelligence and decision-making information for senior corporate executives and other supply chain management professionals as they enable their companies' supply chains for competitive advantage. Reese has more than 15 years experience in research and writing. His prior experience includes time as a consultant in Moscow, Russia, working with leading Western technology and consumer-products companies entering the post-Soviet market.
Scott Wilson, Content Solution Strategist, IHS
Scott has over 25 years of content management experience in disciplines including Electronic Part Reference Databases, Environmental Compliance, EDA applications and libraries, Automated Electronic Test Equipment, Component and Supplier Management, and Supply Chain Management. Previous employers include: General Instrument, Tektronix, Advantest, ViewPoint Information Systems and i2 Technologies.
John Davies, VP, Senior Analyst, GreenBiz Group
John heads up research efforts for GreenBiz Group and leads the GreenBiz Executive Network, a member-based, peer-to-peer learning forum for sustainability professionals. The network is made up of senior executives from $1B+ corporations working together to share best practices and lessons learned for implementing sustainable development programs. John is an experienced entrepreneur and innovator who has applied his business and management skills to launching start-ups as well as improving the operations of existing businesses. John is a frequent keynote speaker at international events, is well-known for his supply chain and sustainability expertise and is the author of numerous articles in business, industry, and educational publications. John received his BA from SUNY at Fredonia and his MA from the University of Delaware.
Webcast: Green Products and Supply Chain Disruption
Published January 20, 2011
Join IHS and GreenBiz Group on this live webcast as they unveil the results of an exclusive survey that gauged awareness, sentiment, concern, and preparedness of the supply chain in response to conflict minerals traceability and accountability.