The conflict minerals section of the Dodd-Frank Act focuses on supplies of tantalum, tungsten, tin and gold sourced in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and surrounding countries. It calls on companies that manufacture products containing these metals to make their supply chains more transparent.
Greater transparency can help companies do more than comply with the Act; it can also enhance efficiency and sustainability and this, in turn, can lead to supply chain optimization. The purpose of this report is to show how companies can optimize the supply chain and the potential benefits and challenges of doing so. By optimizing the supply chain, companies may achieve their long-term strategic goals of reducing costs, enhancing operational effectiveness and strengthening sustainability.