13 Substances have officially been added to the SVHC Candidate List and 4 previous entries have been consolidated down to 2, bringing the total to 84 substances.
Assent Compliance's Jonathan Hughes speaks with Commissioners from the SEC/sits on panel regarding the Dodd-Frank Act, Section 1502 - Conflict Mineral Provision .
During several recent white board session with a conflict mineral consulting clients we’ve run into the question of polling suppliers with a standard EICC form (attached) or gathering Certificates of Conformity or IPC forms. This issue varies in complexity based on several key variables.
Size of Supply Chain (small): If your company has a smaller supply chain. Typically < than 30. A COC is usually the best route. This is because the speed at which most firms can produce a standard declaration is usually faster than some of the more cumbersome/advanced forms like the EICC / IPC.
Size of Supply Chain (medium/large): In this instance there are several key variables. The main issue being staff resources / bandwidth. If these forms are sent out via email internal resources must review the CoC or form and analyse and track the responses. In many cases it can take a full time equivalent.
Assent Compliance has been at the forefront of Conflict Minerals since 2010. During that time, we have collaborated with industry groups, NGOs and legislators to help shape the regulation and improve our services. This includes being the only Software and Service provider whose submission to the SEC was cited in the final rules.
As part of these efforts, we are conducting an anonymous survey both internally with our existing clients and externally with industry, to see how companies are progressing with their Conflict Minerals compliance efforts. This brief, 12 question survey, should take less than 3 minutes to complete. It will help us understand the progress companies have made and the different challenges they have faced with respect to Conflict Minerals compliance efforts.
This data will help us generate Benchmark information that the public can use to compare their programs to other companies and industries. It is very important for businesses to understand the measures being taken by other companies and expectations of customers in their industry. With your help and 5 minutes of your time, we can share valuable data with all companies working towards Conflict Minerals compliance that will only assist the overall efforts of all affected companies. (more…)
Assent is conducting our annual compliance survey and this years theme is Conflict Mineral Compliance. If you deal with Conflict Mineral Compliance we want to hear from you!
Help us help you and take the Conflict Minerals Bench-marking Survey now!
If you have any questions about conflict mineral compliance, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at info(at)assentcompliance.com
Assent Compliance will be hosting a series of webinars beginning May 14th on various compliance issues affecting companies today. To learn more about the series and register for any of the webinars in this series, you can go to our website, here:
The first webinar in this series will feature a RoHS and REACH update from Assent Compliance’s Regulatory Key Account manager – Krystal Noseworthy-Baker. Krystal will address upcoming changes to REACH & RoHS as well the impact of RoHS II on global EEE manufacturer’s and their supply chain. The topics of discussion will include:
You can register for this free webinar by using the following links:
Please, please… don’t think of a pink elephant. You did, didn’t you? Assent mind control division success! Before we examine some jedi techniques to best procure data from your supply chain let’s give some background.
The Assent Compliance software platform comes with bi-directional supply chain communication, task management, analytics and data exchange features. Clients use this feature set to gather compliance data from their supply chains for a variety of regulations like REACH, RoHS, Conflict Minerals and dozens of other regulations that Assent supports. Within this dashboard users can also manage and send email and information requests to their respective supply chains.
We recently had 2 electronics manufactures with roughly the same market cap, size of supply chain and products launch with Assent. This was the perfect opportunity to do an analysis of what techniques were working best and what weren’t. While there were some small differences in firms sample sizes this review does give some very relevant best practises.
Using the Assent Compliance dashboard, each firm would contact their respective supply chains for conflict mineral information as well as REACH declarations of conformity. Suppliers could use the Assent IECC form through a supplier wizard or upload their own. (Create or Upload) as well as use the Assent system to make declarations for their respective parts and or upload corporate level declarations for REACH. This process was managed entirely on part of the firm’s compliance department. (This is relevant because Assent does offer on demand and ongoing support services for some clients. These firms had no outside support from Assent beyond the software set up and training)
We’ve recently put together some videos with our marketing department to let you meet our team and we’ve also been animating to give prospective clients and suppliers an overview of exactly what we do. Want to meet some of our executive team or see what Assent is all about ? Take a look at the 2 videos and pdf below. If you have any other questions feel free to get in touch anytime.
The National Association for Environmental Management (NAEM) recently released its comprehensive report on: Approaches to Managing EHS and Sustainability Data. Available here: NAEM Survey 2013 The report outlines, in good detail the current results of polls conducted on the topic for NAEM membership. This survey raises several interesting findings on the topics of EHS management software.
One particular finding outlined in the survey noted that 26% of respondents had an unmet need for product liability (REACH/RoHS/TSCA) management and 24% were using an internally developed system.
In case you missed it. Assent Compliance hosted a free webinar on January 29th, covering RoHS II Compliance and the changes you will need to implement within your existing RoHS program in order to achieve compliance.
This webinar addressed processes and rules to consider when reviewing your current RoHS program for compliance with RoHS II.
The topics of discussion included:
Read more to see the slides from the Webinar.
Assent Compliance will be hosting a free webinar on January 29th, covering RoHS II Compliance and the changes you will need to implement within your existing RoHS program in order to achieve compliance.
This webinar will address processes and rules to consider when reviewing your current RoHS program for compliance with RoHS II.
The topics of discussion will include:
Please follow the registration links below for your free registration spot:
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org