Conflict Minerals

Why Engage?

In the past, the conflict minerals law (Dodd-Frank Act) forced automotive companies to comply with the regulatory requirements for 3TG.

Publicly traded U.S. companies have been required since 2010 to report annually to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) whether the products that they manufacture or contract to manufacture contain "conflict minerals," i.e., anything which contains tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold. These minerals 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. The U.S. legislation requires companies to conduct due diligence to verify the information they report in accordance with a “recognized international framework,” i.e., the Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD) Due Diligence Process. Recent European Union and Chinese regulatory actions reinforce these expectations. The EU legislation expanded the scope of conflict mineral reporting to all global conflict afflicted high-risk areas (CAHRAs), which is voluntary for downstream companies currently, but could become mandatory as soon as 2023. While these broader materials are not currently legislated directly, responsible sourcing of raw materials has gained the attention of media, external stakeholders, and auto companies themselves, and both the U.S. and E.U. regulations include provisions for expanded material reporting as deemed necessary.

Today, many automotive OEM companies have expanded their scope and established responsible sourcing requirements for other minerals. It has now become essential for all automotive companies to develop responsible sourcing policies for their supply chain, in order to conduct business in the automotive industry.

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This microsite simplifies the complex issues surrounding conflict minerals by providing a visually compelling illustration of automotive and mobility industry actions and engagement. As just one of numerous resources OEMs and suppliers have unlimited access to, AIAG’s “micro” conflict minerals website helps assist the supply chain in ensuring global vehicle production does not support armed conflict.

In addition to providing a timeline of conflict minerals actions, microsite content highlights the need for OEMs and suppliers across industries to more effectively and efficiently address conflict minerals challenges — including sharing lessons learned, and working together to create tools and solutions that reduce the cost and complexity of complying with reporting requirements.

Guides & Resources

AIAG’s Conflict Minerals Work Group has compiled a number of guides and resources to assist the supply chain in managing the growing demand for minerals reporting. These tools support suppliers – both established companies and new entrants – looking to create or enhance minerals reporting programs.

If You Are Already Working on Conflict Minerals

For Everyone


AIAG and industry subject matter experts have created seven virtual trainings for conflict minerals reporting. Designed to provide information and training for the conflict minerals reporter in your company, these modules are also recommended for supporting managers and departments, including engineering, quality, and purchasing.

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Modules Include:

  • Surveying Suppliers
  • Supplier CMRT Risk Assessment
  • Conflict Minerals Declarations Tab Rollup