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Conflict-Free Smelter Program

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Conflict-Free Smelter Program
Responsible Sourcing for Smelters and Refiners

SCS is provisionally recognized by the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI) as an approved auditing firm for the Conflict-Free Smelter Program (CFSP). Verification to the CFSP provides assurance to companies that the smelters and refiners within their supply chain employ responsible sourcing practices and management systems. CFSP requires a third-party audit against the CFSP Protocols which are currently the highest level of due diligence (in accordance to the OECD*) for determining that refiners and smelters are not sourcing conflict minerals for their production of tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold (3TG).
*Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas.

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Process
  1. Consultation with SCS (Optional)
    • Client consults with SCS on the process, scope, or other questions about verification.
  2. Sign Auditee Agreement with CFSI
    • CFSI facilitates the assignment of an auditing firm.
    • Client contacts CFSI and signs an Auditee Agreement to initiate project.
  3. Scoping
    • Client completes CFSI’s Pre-Audit Checklist to determine the scope of the audit.
    • The checklist covers:
      • Facilities and products covered
      • Metals/Minerals covered
      • Sourcing locations
      • Volume of transactions
      • Audit location(s)
      • Contact person
      • Other information necessary to determine the audit scope
  4. Request for Quote
    • SCS reviews Pre-Audit Checklist from CFSI.
    • SCS submits a quote for conducting the audit.
  5. Audit Firm Confirmation
    • CFSI will work with the client to select the best audit firm to meet the needs of all stakeholders.
    • Client may specifically request SCS to be the auditor.
  6. Data Collection
    • SCS provides an overview of project milestones.
    • Client completes Line Item Transaction Summary, which summarizes client purchases made over the last 12 months.
    • SCS reviews Summary and prepares an onsite audit plan.
    • SCS schedules onsite audit directly with the client.
  7. Onsite Audit
    • SCS audits all facilities identified in the scope.
    • Onsite audits take 1-3 days per facility depending on complexity.
  8. Reporting
    • Auditor reviews data and findings from the audit and writes a report for the client’s approval.
  9. Corrective Actions
    • Client develops corrective action plans for all identified non-conformities.
    • SCS reviews corrective action plans, requesting additional data or requiring another onsite audit as needed.
  10. Verification
    • SCS submits an audit report to CFSI, who will then review the report and determine verification status of the client.
    • Upon successful verification, the client gets listed publicly on CFSI’s website as a verified smelter or refiner.
    • Verification takes about one month from onsite audit to final decision.
  11. Verification Maintenance
    • Annual renewal is required, which includes data collection and an onsite audit.
    • If a facility is under the low risk program, onsite audits may only be required every three years. Contact SCS for more information on how to qualify.
Benefits
  • Maintain and grow your market share by demonstrating compliance to US and EU regulations with one audit
  • Bundle services and make additional claims in regard to recycled content or responsible jewelry
Program Documents

Visit the Conflict-Free Smelter Initiative for the following:

  • Protocols (Standards) for 3TG Smelters and Refiners
  • Additional Guidance and Training

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Neil Mendenhall
Manager, Supply Chain Services

510.452.8018
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