Michael Loch of Responsible Trade posted his thoughts on last week’s OECD Forum. He even included a picture of the panel he participated in along with Apple, Global Witness, Amnesty International, Responsible Jewelry Council and us.
Mike summed up the major themes from the conference very well.
We can finally put our recent cliffhanger to rest – Michael Loch is leaving Motorola Solutions to launch his own consultancy, Responsible Trade LLC, and will also become an affiliate of Elm Sustainability Partners based in the Chicago area.
We don’t think Mike needs any introduction as he is one of the most recognized conflict minerals experts in the world. Not only did he develop and implement Motorola’s conflict minerals program from its beginning, he was also instrumental in launching the Solutions for Hope platform, held leadership roles in EICC and the Conflict Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI), helped develop the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas, participated in numerous meetings and briefings with government officials in the Covered Countries, the US and the EU, and is a frequent speaker on the matter.
We are very pleased to have the opportunity to work with Mike on client engagements and upcoming Independent Private Sector Audits (IPSAs).