How can a company ensure distributors provide a Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT) when asked?
Distributors are frequently out of scope of conflict minerals rules and may not have manufacturer data readily available. A key to receiving support from distributors is to provide them with advance notice and include contractual provisions that require the disclosure of compliance information.
If a distributor can’t provide this information, the client could obtain the manufacturer’s contact details and solicit the documentation from the manufacturer directly, provided the distributor is locked into using that specific manufacturer. Should these approaches prove unsuccessful, the client could switch to an alternative vendor to obtain the same parts, which are frequently available through either the manufacturer or a competing distributor.
**Article contents valid as of 2019-03-18