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

Free web training videos designed to provide support and training for conflict mineral reporters.

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Free Help Resources

For companies that have mineral sourcing in their supply chains and would like to meet the reporting expectations of stakeholders that go beyond regulatory compliance, GRI and the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI)’s toolkit “Advancing Reporting on Responsible Minerals Sourcing” will provide helpful guidance.

The toolkit is based on current regulation, international instruments such as relevant OECD guidance documents, the GRI standards, reporting templates such as the RMI’s Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT) or the Cobalt Reporting Template (CRT), as well as suggestions made by participants in the GRI-RMI Corporate Leadership Group meetings.

Advancing Reporting Responsible Minerals Sourcing

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 new & existing smelters/refiners to participate in smelter audits.
  • Global Requirements & Minerals Sensing Monitors global factors impacting reporting requirements and the inclusion of other materials, including 3TG and beyond, that impact industry.
  • Industry Best Practices Creates/Supports development of tools & resources for common processes to assist companies in their reporting.
  • Information Sharing Develops strategies for RMWG stakeholder and supplier outreach; identifies potential target audiences and communication opportunities (e.g., events, training, media, etc.)

These companies are participating in this work group:


Current Participants

  • American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc.
  • Aptiv
  • B Cubed Consulting, Inc.
  • Cardington Yutaka Technologies
  • Cooper-Standard Automotive
  • DXC Technology
  • Ford Motor Company
  • General Motors Company
  • Gentherm
  • Honda of America Mfg. Inc.
  • ITW-Illinois Tool Works
  • Lear Corporation
  • Robert Bosch LLC
  • RSJ Technical Consulting
  • Stellantis
  • Tenneco, Inc.
  • Tosoh SMD, Inc.
  • Toyota Motor North America
  • Visteon Corporation

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