April 10, 2014. IPC–Association Connecting Electronics Industries, working in partnership with the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG), the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI), and the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA), recently published IPC-1755, “Conflict Minerals Data Exchange Standard,” to help suppliers and their customers effectively facilitate conflict minerals data exchange along the entire global supply chain.
When the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) finalized its conflict minerals regulation in September 2012, industry was faced with an enormous supply chain data-collection task: trace back to the mine-of-origin, the tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold in their products. The standard includes easy-to-understand terms and definitions, descriptions of declaration classes, and data requirements for a conflict minerals declaration, and it provides verification guidance.
“IPC-1755 is XML-schema based, which allows for more efficient communication and quicker application of data across companies, supply chain levels, and industries,” said John Plyler, chairman of the 2-18h Conflict Minerals Data Exchange Committee and supply-chain social-responsibility manager at BlackBerry. “IPC-1755 will be compatible with several software tools and Version 3.0 of the CFSI Conflict Minerals Reporting Template. Organizations will still be able to use the template to collect information, but with the new standard, it will be much easier to exchange that information throughout the supply chain and ultimately improve industry’s effort to trace and eliminate non-conflict-free conflict minerals.”
IPC-1755 is available as a free download and in hard-copy format for IPC members for $36 and nonmembers for $72.