You may be on auto-pilot when it comes to responding to requests for your Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT). After all, many customers probably contact you with these requests and they have become an everyday occurrence. You may even have the process automated through a software system to reduce your burden.
But some clients are telling us they are receiving requests from unfamiliar people and companies. What we have determined is that not everyone who requests the CMRTs are customers – competitors and even commercial conflict minerals IT systems are asking for them as well.
We have long suggested that companies take time to screen incoming requests to determine if a response is needed, but not because we thought requests would be for inappropriate commercial purposes.
Not every company will be concerned about distributing their CMRTs beyond actual customers, but some may not feel it is in their best interest to do so.