30 Mar 2018
The Conflict Minerals Reporting Template which is also known as CMRT was initially developed by EICC (Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition) and GeSI (Global e-Sustainability Initiative). The CMRT is a standardized template for reporting the presence and origin of 3TG (Tantalum, Tin, Tungsten and Gold) in the products used across the supply chain.
The members of the EICC and GeSI laid the foundation for Conflict-free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI) to help companies improve on their compliance and handle effective sourcing from high-risk areas. The CFSI provides various activities which includes Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT), Conflict-Free Smelter Program (CFSP), Reasonable Country of Origin Inquiry (RCOI), Guidance on Due Diligence and frequently spread informative documents, white papers, trainings, workshops, webinars and more.
The CFSI’s CMRT is being revised on a regular basis depending on the supplier requirements and Smelter/Refiner (SOR) analysis. The CFSI has released an update for CMRT 5.0 on May 12, 2017 which has come up with major changes.
The template is free to download and can be down loaded form CFSI website
What’s new in version 5.0?
1. The wording of questions 1, 2 and 5 (based on Declaration scope) and Questions A, F and I (formerly J) (based on Policy and Due Diligence).
2. Removal of question G from CMRT 4.20.
3. Revised Instructions and Definitions.
4. Use of ASCII character set for Standard Smelter names on Smelter list tab (hidden in column R).
5. Inclusion of ISO Country Codes and State/Province Codes on the Smelter List tab (hidden in columns S and T).
6. Renaming of “Smelter Reference List” to”Smelter Look-up”.
7. Translation update for all modified text.
8. Updated Smelter Look-up and Standard Smelter Names.
The Standard Smelter list and Revision History is available on the CFSI website
Drawbacks: The Checker tab in the CMRT 5.0 do not align with the recent changes made in the template which in turn flags ‘RED’ (incomplete) for few instances.
The next revision of CMRT is expected to be released in December 2017.