Reasonable Country of Origin Inquiry (RCOI) is the important step in identifying the origin of conflict minerals in your supply chain. Most affected companies by this regulation have done the step at different scale of effectiveness during the 2013 reporting year.
We observed that most companies were not able to identify the mineral sources due to complexity of their supply chain and the lack of awareness in the tier-1 and tier-2 supplier base. ECCI and GeSI’s CMRT forms were available for standardizing the process across the industry, but some companies used their own RCOI forms which resulted in confusion that hampered the effectiveness of the process.
The major challenges observed in executing the RCOI effectively were as follows:
As we know, completing RCOI effectively is the basis of the Form SD filing. RCOI is one of the major step in the due diligence process and running it effectively is essential for gaining knowledge about your supply base and identifying the risk associated with it.
The following steps will help you ensure control over the process.
The RCOI process is a major step in your due diligence process. The above steps will give you a broader perspective as to how to handle your RCOI using the supply chain tracing process with Conflict Free Smelter Program as the foundation of your analysis. Keep an eye on the smelters which are approved and those are active in each metal category to ensure that you are identifying the riskier ones in your supply chain.