The Extended Minerals Reporting Template (EMRT) is used in cobalt and mica supply chains to determine the country of origin and to identify refiners and processors. This template is developed by the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI).
Previously RMI developed separate templates for cobalt and mica called Cobalt Reporting Template (CRT) and Mica Reporting Template (MRT) respectively. Later they combined these two into EMRT and launched on 20th October 2021. EMRT v. 1.0 was the first version they introduced; the current version is EMRT v. 1.02 which released on 23rd December 2021 . Here due diligence is based on OECD Due Diligence Guidance.
Latest version is available for download here
Tungsten, tantalum, tin, and gold (3TG) are called as conflict minerals and we are conducting the supply chain due diligence for these conflict minerals. Because conflict minerals are subject to compliance under Dodd-Frank Act. The conflict mineral compliance allows you to know what is in your supply chain and we assist you in regulating if not so. However, for cobalt and mica there is no such regulatory requirements as of now.
Why Cobalt & Mica Reporting ?
Currently 50% of the cobalt produced is used in batteries. Mainly it is used in rechargeable batteries, so the demand for cobalt is high in consumer electronic devices production. Cobalt is largely producing in DR Congo region, so the risk for mining is high.
Mica is a group of 37 different minerals which are physically and chemically similar. Mica is used in electronics, automobiles, paints and cosmetics.
Cobalt and Mica strongly associated with the child labour issues. These two are not yet considered as conflict minerals, but the risks as well as demand are high. So to ensure responsible sourcing and for the transparency in supply chain RMI developed the Extended Minerals Reporting Template (EMRT).
Currently there is no regulatory requirements for cobalt and mica. But as a good practice companies can post the completed EMRTs on their websites.
How EMRT Differ From CMRT
EMRT is used in cobalt and mica supply chains to determine the mineral country of origin and to identify refiners and processors. But The Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT) is used to transfer the information(3TG) through supply chain to fulfill regulatory requirements under the Dodd-Frank Act in the U.S. and the EU Conflict Minerals Regulation.
At this time there is no regulatory requirement for cobalt and mica. Like CMRT, RMI does not collect EMRTs. But as a good practice companies can post the completed EMRT on their website.
Minerals Reporting With Sunstream
Now companies are coming under lot of pressure regarding supply chain transparency. RMI developed standardized reporting templates like CMRT and EMRT to help downstream companies gather and disclose information about their supply chains.
Sunstream Global Technologies is providing solutions for different compliance regulations including REACH Compliance, RoHS Compliance, Prop 65 Compliance etc. We are offering our customers the solutions for responsible sourcing by providing the data that you need for supply chain transparency. We will do the due diligence with your suppliers, validate the data and help you to make the final report effortlessly.