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Conflict Mineral

Benchmarking Study RY2015

The Conflict Mineral Benchmarking Study evaluates public company conflict mineral filings to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) under Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Dr. Chris Bayer of Development International, formerly of Tulane University, in association with an expert advisory panel including Kristen Sullivan, Michael Loch, Jonathan Hughes, Jennifer Guest, Michael Littenberg and Lawrence Heim, have teamed up to bring you the results of this year’s assessment of reporting year 2015. Scoring criteria is based on the SEC’s final rule, as well as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Due Diligence Guidance.


Development International

Development International (DI) is a not-for-profit organization based in Germany specializing in areas where law, business and development intersect.

Development International implements evidence-based intervention strategies and solutions to achieve sustainable development outcomes. Core competencies include scientifically rigorous surveys, cost-benefit modeling, compliance assessments and capacity building.

The DI team is composed of experts from a broad range of backgrounds such as child survival, HIV/AIDS prevention and care, capacity building, monitoring and evaluation.


About The Study


Advisory Panel

Michael Littenberg

Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP

Michael Littenberg specializes in corporate finance and ongoing securities law compliance, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital transactions and general corporate counseling. Named one of the Top 15 Conflict Minerals Influence Leaders by Assent, Michael is viewed as a leading practitioner in this area. He advises on supply chain compliance, responsible sourcing and corporate social responsibility. He was on the advisory panels for Tulane University's calendar 2014 conflict minerals filing assessment and Development International's study on compliance with the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act. Michael was also a stakeholder forum member for DI's Dodd-Frank Section 1502: Supply Chain Survey 2015.

Jennifer Guest

Project Engineer, Tetra Tech

Jennifer Guest has nine years of management consulting experience focused on environmental compliance strategy. She has been the conflict minerals program manager at Tetra Tech since 2012. Jennifer’s focus is working with and training industry professionals on product compliance. She is the dedicated trainer for IMDS and conflict minerals.

Jonathan Hughes

Conflict Minerals Program Director, Assent Compliance

A thought-leader in the ethical sourcing industry with over 10 years of experience, Jonathan Hughes is Assent Compliance’s leading expert on conflict mineral compliance. He was invited to the United States Congress as a consultant when Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act Section was being debated, and continues to provide compliance expertise to companies around the world.

Michael Loch

President, Responsible Trade LLC

Mike Loch was awarded the #1 conflict mineral thought-leader title by Assent Compliance. During his time as Motorola Solutions’ Director of Sustainability, and most recently as President at Responsible Trade LLC, Mike has demonstrated a strong commitment to responsible sourcing with a particular focus on tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold. Mike co-led the launch, development and management of the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI) between 2008-2014, established the Public Private Alliance for Responsible Mineral Trade (PPA) and served on the Governance Committee from 2011-2015.

Lawrence Heim

Managing Director - Conflict Minerals, Sustainability & Environmental Risk Services, Elm Sustainability Partners LLC

Lawrence Heim has 30 years of experience with environmental and sustainability management, auditing and risk management, serving clients from many manufacturing sectors. He is a leading expert in conflict minerals programs under Section 1502 of the U.S. Dodd-Frank Act and related frameworks. He was the only environmental and sustainability consultant invited by the SEC to be a panelist at the October 2011 Conflict Minerals Roundtable in Washington DC, and has provided technical support on the subject to retail and manufacturing clients as well as industry associations and groups.

Kristen Sullivan

Partner, Deloitte

Kristen Sullivan leads Deloitte’s Conflict Minerals Advisory and Assurance Services. She brings specialized insights to this regulatory reporting requirement from her previous area of focus on Regulatory & Public Policy Matters. She leads Deloitte’s Sustainability Reporting, Assurance and Compliance services, working with clients on their sustainability disclosure requirements.


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