In 2011, we began developing our conflict minerals program assessment tool, which we ultimately called CMCheckPoint. We have used CMCheckPoint at each of the gap analyses/program assessments we have done in the past four years. A number of well-known multi-billion dollar companies chose to purchase it and use internally themselves. It has been tested over time and improvements made since its inception. If you aren’t already familiar with it, watch this short video. While it shows an older version, all that functionality – and more – has been retained.
Last week, we completed the update to version 2.2* reflecting the most up to date interpretations and guidance documents (even the CFSI’s Five Practical Steps document issued last month). It had been some time since we last updated it, and we were surprised and pleased when we realized that only minor changes were necessary. To us, this demonstrated that we had thought things out well from the beginning and kept it up quite nicely by incorporating the major developments in the past.
From the beginning, it was our intent for CMCheckPoint to be used by internal client staff without our facilitation – and it has. Now there is much more technical conflict minerals knowledge within company organizations than in years past, but even so there is still a need for staff to assess their programs in a cost effective manner.
So for the next two weeks, we are making CMCheckPoint available for US$2,500** – half its original price.
You may wonder why we are doing this. Companies are dealing with cost pressures and many view conflict minerals as a low-value compliance exercise, so a low cost, high quality support option meets a significant need. And we continue to hear companies lament the expensive yet poor quality, unsatisfactory and sometimes simply incorrect consulting/advisory support they have received in the past.
Please email or call us to purchase CMCheckPoint – there is still time to use it to review/evaluate your CY2014 filing as well as moving forward for CY2015.
* Immediately available in Excel 2011. The Excel 2007 version is forthcoming.
** CMCheckPoint is not available to third party service providers, IT systems, consultants, auditors or law firms.