Responsible Materials

Sourcing of materials beyond conflict minerals

For several years publicly traded companies have been required to report annually to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) whether the products that they manufacture, or contract to be manufactured, contain "conflict minerals".  These minerals, such as tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold, which are used in numerous automotive components with various applications. This requirement is intended to increase supply chain transparency of minerals sourced from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, adjoining countries, and other high-risk regions shown to fund armed groups violating human rights. Subsequently, reporting mandates have been issued to suppliers, publicly-traded and privately-held companies, to gain greater supply chain transparency.

Recent European and Chinese regulatory influence on the auto industries reporting of tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold (“3TG”), and other minerals, such as cobalt and mica, lithium, etc. may necessitate additional support in the future to assess all global regions of conflict.

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To proactively address these issues within the supply chain, the AIAG Conflict Minerals Work Group (CMWG) has recently expanded its scope to focus on the responsible sourcing of materials beyond conflict minerals. They have renamed their work group the Responsible Materials Work Group (RMWG). While not legislated, responsible sourcing of raw materials has gained the attention of media, external stakeholders, and auto companies themselves. By taking action and sharing lessons learned, we can help the entire industry meet these responsibilities effectively and efficiently.

Guides & Resources

Conflict Minerals tools for everyone, whether you are new to the issue or working in the field.

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Informational Modules

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Responsible Materials Work Group

Recently expanded to assist with raw materials sourcing beyond conflict minerals to comply with regulatory influences (US, EU, China, and others) plus non-legislated materials (e.g., cobalt, mica). The following AIAG Subgroups actively engage industry and global stakeholders to fulfill the mission of the work group.

  • AIAG Smelter Engagement Team (SET) conducts outreach encouraging smelters to participate in smelter audits.
  • Communication/Events develops strategies for RMWG stakeholder outreach; identifies potential target audiences and communication opportunities (e.g., events, media, etc.)
  • Technical - Due Diligence creates/supports initiatives to develop tools & resources to assist companies in their reporting processes
  • Industry Best Practices recommends/drafts information to communicate common process for the industry
  • Training & Education supports on-going efforts to create awareness of responsible materials reporting, and the resources available to assist the supply chain.

These companies are participating in this work group:


Current Participants

  • 3E Company
  • Aptiv B
  • Cubed Consulting, Inc.
  • Cooper-Standard Automotive
  • DENSO International America, Inc.
  • DXC Technology
  • Ford Motor Company
  • General Motors Company
  • Gentherm, Inc.
  • Honda North America, Inc.
  • ITW-Illinois Tool Works
  • Lear Corporation
  • Meritor, Inc.
  • Nissan North America
  • Robert Bosch LLC
  • RSJ Technical Consulting
  • Tenneco, Inc.
  • TI Automotive Systems, LLC
  • Tosoh SMD, Inc.
  • Toyota Motor North America
  • Visteon Corporation
  • Yanfeng Global Automotive Interiors
  • Yazaki North America, Inc.

Program Director: Tanya Bolden - AIAG - (248) 213-4646

Looking to participate or inquire for more information about the Responsible Materials work group? E‑mail us!

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