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Environmental Sustainability FAQ 2017-02-28T03:28:59+00:00
Energy & Sustainability Data Management, CSR Reporting, Sustainability, GHG emission, climate change, CDP, GRI, DJSI, UNGC

CSR / Sustainability reporting requires input from various aspects of your organization.  To fully complete a Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), UN Global Compact (UNGC), Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) or any other CSR / Sustainability frameworks, you need data from various groups to pull together energy, water, freight,  air quality, GHG emissions, natural resource consumption and costs.  Reporting protects your brand, creates insight into environmental sustainability activities and allows you to drive transparency.

The Economic, Environmental and Social performance brings value to your entire organization, investors and consumers.

Value and Business Case:

  • Increased operational efficiency and waste reduction
  • Enhance your corporate reputation and brand equity
  • Implementing a sustainable resilience prepares for climate change
  • Improve transparency about corporate performance
  • Continually reduce use of natural resources improve operational performance

Your stakeholders want information to learn more about your business operations.  By releasing a sustainability report or simply running a sustainability program, can provide insight into how your business depends on the environment, natural resources and the long-term impact your will have on your community.

Are you recognizing?

  • Investors are now asking for sustainability disclosures
  • Customers are interested in your social responsibility
  • Employees look to be employed by environmental conscious companies
With data in various silos, are you grappling with how to engage others within your organization to provide you with the data you need to obtain the information you need to generate your final report?

Ways to handle this:

  • Replace the frustration of circulating Excel to multiple groups and people
  • SharePoint only goes so far to automate your qualitative and quantitative results
  • Find technology, like CSRware, to reach those individuals add data to one location

Air quality at the factory and plant level requires strict adherence to very specific requirements.

What does air quality require?

  • A GHG emissions inventory
  • Measuring air pollution impacts consumers health and safety
  • Maintaining clean air quality to meet compliance

Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) are those pollutants that are known or suspected to cause cancer or other serious health effects, such as reproductive effects or birth defects, or adverse environmental effects.

Problem

Leaks, flares, and excess emissions from refineries, chemical plants and other industries emit hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), or air toxics, that are known or suspected to cause cancer, birth defects, and seriously impact the environment.

Goal

EPA has worked to identify and address illegal and excess emissions of toxic air pollutants from leaks and flares at facilities that have a significant impact on air quality and health in communities since this initiative began in 2004.

EPA will continue to implement this initiative in fiscal years 2017-19, and expand it to include addressing air emissions from large product storage tanks and hazardous waste generator and treatment, storage and disposal facilities. In doing so, EPA will focus on identifying and addressing violations of leak detection and repair requirements for product storage tanks, and hazardous waste tanks, surface impoundments, or containers, as well as  from related hazardous waste treatment equipment.

Source of information:  EPA.gov

Today and future generations depend on our common sense to curb carbon emissions around the globe.

What does climate change mean to you?

  • Sea level rising adds risk your supply chain resources
  • Air pollution impacts consumers health and safety
  • Your consumers ask questions about environmental footprint
Sustainable Supply Chain Management FAQ 2017-02-20T22:01:07+00:00
Responsible sourcing, supply chain compliance, sustainable supply chain, corporate social responsibility, CSR, anti-slavery, human trafficking

Sustainable supply chain and risk management involves integrating socially, environmentally and financially practices across the entire supply chain.  It it inclusive of human conditions, labor laws, material selection, (including raw material extraction), manufacturing, packaging, transportation, distribution, consumption, return and disposal.  Responsible sourcing is maintaining a sustainable supply chain and risk management program to assist organizations in not only reducing their risk or brand equity, but also optimizing their end-to-end operations to achieve greater cost savings and profitability.

Sustainability and risk in the supply chain encapsulates a number of different priorities:

  • Anti-slavery, human tracking and child labor
  • Optimization of natural resources
  • Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions
  • Financial savings and viability

Supply chain sustainability commitments produce improved environmental performance within a financially viable operating construct.

Companies frame this in different ways, however generally it suggests you implement environmental and social standards into your sourcing and procurement activities. A  sustainable / responsible supply chain management framework is based on identifying, assessing and monitoring supplier practices in the areas of human and labor rights, the environment, health and safety and anti-corruption activities.
With canned or customized surveys specific to your business, you can score and rate your suppliers based on environmental, social and regulatory behaviors.  By analyzing your data in one location, you can identify potential risk of doing business with a specific supplier(s) by understanding how they conduct business.  Once identified, you can partner with your supplier to drive corrective actions to improve their overall performance, reduce risk and continue doing business with the supplier.
It will always depend on the regulations set forth by where you conduct business.  For example, surveying suppliers on where they source minerals can immediately illuminate potential risk to your business.  If you ask for information related to human conditions, you may find inconsistencies prompting an audit of a particular factory.
The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, which was signed into law in October 2010 and went into effect in January 2012, requires certain companies to report on their specific actions to eradicate slavery and human trafficking in their supply chains.
The sad answer is YES!  Child labor spans nearly every sector and kind of work. Children harvest cotton in Uzbekistan, work as domestic servants in Haiti and mine diamonds in the Central African Republic. It is important to recognize that not all work performed by children is exploitative. Children of legal working age who perform work that does not hinder their mental, physical or emotional development can be an asset to their families’ welfare and their nations’ economic development (source:  ILAB)
Woman and children can be subject to human trafficking when they are forced into conducting labor without their consent.  The basic definition of human trafficking is “the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, the abuse of power or a position of vulnerability, or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation.” (source: Dept. of Labor)
Conflict Minerals Frequently Asked Questions 2017-02-20T22:02:56+00:00
Conflict Minerals Management, Conflict Minerals Reporting, EICC, CFSI, Smelters, Supply Chain Compliance, Dodd-Frank SEection 1502

CSRware is here to help you with your Frequently Asked Questions about Conflict Minerals Management. We’ve added a few items here to help you get started. Please contact a representative at anytime for further questions.

With compliance focusing more on Conflict Minerals and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) / Sustainability Management, CSRware delivers a complete turnkey solution for the entire spectrum of risk that are managed by supply chain professionals. CSRware’s unique ability to simplify comprehensive data sets into digestible information using global mapping, audit-readiness, risk quantification and mitigation tools, together with a range of survey modules for managing your entire supply chain mapping, conflict minerals, corporate social responsibility and supply chain security—all on a single integrated platform.

Simply click here “Request a Demo” and we’ll get you started on your road to simplifying conflict minerals reporting.

“As defined in 2010 United States legislation, Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Section 1502(e)(4): CONFLICT MINERAL.—The term ‘‘conflict mineral’’ means— (A) columbite-tantalite (coltan), cassiterite, gold, wolframite, or their derivatives; or (B) any other mineral or its derivatives determined by the Secretary of State to be financing conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or an adjoining country.”
According to the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) definition:  “Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas Conflict-affected and high-risk areas are identified by the presence of armed conflict, widespread violence or other risks of harm to people. Armed conflict may take a variety of forms, such as a conflict of international or non-international character, which may involve two or more states, or may consist of wars of liberation, or insurgencies, civil wars, etc. High-risk areas may include areas of political instability or repression, institutional weakness, insecurity, collapse of civil infrastructure and widespread violence. Such areas are often characterised by widespread human rights abuses and violations of national or international law.”

Dodd–Frank Section 1502 defines the affected countries or “Covered Countries” as follows:  Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Central Africa Republic, South Sudan, Zambia, Angola, The Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda.

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CSRware is aligned with the SEC issue rule on Conflict Minerals pursuant to Dodd-Frank Section 1502, culminating in initial reporting due in 2014. Section 1502 deals with the use of four specific metals– tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold (3TG) – which are used in a wide range of consumer products across numerous industries. The purpose of the rule is to eliminate sourcing of these minerals from countries with genocidal practices.

Estimates suggest that 50% of all SEC issuers are impacted by this new rule. Also, a large number of privately held companies within issuers’ supply chains will be affected. Issuers’ will need to survey their supply chain to ensure compliance.

It’s amazing how pervasive conflict minerals are in our daily lives. Companies need to avoid sourcing from impacted areas while offering the same level of product value at a reasonable price. It can be done, but it requires attention.

 

Conflict Minerals Management Software

If you need a simple approach to get started, use our Conflict Minerals Management Software, out-of-the-box or leverage our flexible environment to adapt to your requirements. It offers a very simple distribution methodology allowing you to send questionnaires, manage email distribution with one-click, analyze results to address potential risk, drive corrective actions, and ensure compliance.

Under Section 1502 of the Dodd Frank Act, U.S. publicly traded companies are required to report annually on the use of conflict minerals in their products. Assessing your entire supply chain can be labor intensive and a time consuming process. With a conflict mineral software your can avoid managing unmanageable Excel spreadsheets while saving you time and your company money.
Products that do not contain minerals that directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or an adjoining country. Source: 2010 United States legislation, Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Section 1502.
A smelter or refiner is a company that procures and processes mineral ore, slag and/or materials from recycled or scrap sources into refined metal or metal containing intermediate products. The output can be pure (99.5% or greater) metals, powders, ingots, bars, grains, oxides or salts. The terms “smelter” and “refiner” are used interchangeably throughout various publications.
Tantalum, tin, tungsten, gold
It stands for a Reasonable Country of Origin (RCOI).  An RCOI inquiry is conducted to determine whether its in-scope 3TG content originated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) or one of the cover countries or is from recycled or scrap sources.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) includes a five-step framework companies can use to create a responsible supply chain.
IPSA is an Independent Private Sector Audit (IPSA) report.  An IPSA must assess the issuer’s due diligence framework from their Conflict Minerals Report (CMR) to see if conforms to the selected nationality or internationally recognized due diligence framework, such as the OECD’s ‘Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas.’
Form SD (“Specialized Disclosure”) is used to capture specialized disclosure required by the implementation of Sections 1502 and 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank).
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