We have mentioned the emergence of various forms of verification processes that customers are employing to verify conflict minerals information provided by their suppliers. And some companies are getting very serious about this by hiring an independent audit firm to conduct stand-alone audits of suppliers to review their due diligence procedures, results and documentation.
For one client, this is important enough to fly us to China to help with preparations for, and support during, the audit.
We anticipate this will be a trend that will move forward rapidly. If you are interested in assistance with conflict minerals audits by your customers, contact us.