Source 44 Webinar Oversubscribed: “Conflict Minerals: 4 Keys to Conflict Free”

Expert panel discusses challenges and solutions of conflict mineral compliance
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* Dodd-Frank Act Section 1502
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June 22, 2012 - PRLog -- SOLANA BEACH, CA (June 22, 2012) – It’s 10:02am PDT, Wednesday June 20, 2012 and the last minute barrage of incoming calls and email pings signal that Source 44 has hit on a webinar topic – Conflict Minerals - of true urgency to companies across the globe.

Source 44, the global leader in supply chain sustainability data services and conflict mineral disclosure reporting, announced the release of the first in a series of industry-leading webinars: “Conflict Minerals: 4 Keys to Conflict Free.”

The live webinar, which Source 44 hosted yesterday, featured an expert panel of news media, NGO and industry representatives. Over 100 professionals located on four continents were in attendance, with the majority representing major Fortune 500 companies impacted by Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act requiring conflict minerals disclosure.

In his welcoming remarks, Jess Kraus, President and CEO of Source 44 set the tone for companies to step up. “Conflict Minerals and the Congo's human rights abuses are merely the poster child for abuses against humanity,” Kraus said. “These abuses will continue unless we, as socially responsible global companies, take responsibility for what happens in our supply chains.”

Following Kraus were the experts in Conflict Minerals and supply chain sustainability. The panelists spoke candidly about the challenges business leaders have when managing their supply chains for greater transparency—a prerequisite for companies aiming to meet conflict minerals compliance.

Wally Sanabria, Director of Organizational Excellence and Scalability in the Worldwide Procurement Organization at SanDisk Corporation

Sanabria shared that tracing the supply chain beyond the first tier suppliers has it's challenges. “We have built a successful and robust program in-house. I also believe, working with Source 44, could provide the ability to improve supply chain data collection, especially for downstream suppliers, enhance auditing, enable mapping and modeling, and simplify reporting.”

Matt Thorn, Chief Operation Officer of Source 44

Thorn delivered a comprehensive demonstration of Source Intelligence’s data platform. Sharing with the audience how Source 44 is able to map, trace and engage with suppliers. “The obvious challenge that all companies face is supplier cooperation. Source Intelligence allows suppliers to participant in providing confidential supplier information while remaining anonymous if they choose.”

“There is no short cut to accountable supply chain sourcing,” added Kraus, “but we’ve received a lot of industry feedback that we have a solution that can help.”

To watch “Conflict Minerals: 4 Keys to Conflict Free” or receive the PowerPoint slides please go to: or contact Scott Torney for more information:

About Source 44
Source 44 is a leading provider of supply chain sustainability data services and solutions. The company brings value to retailer and manufacturer companies by delivering a unique blend of cost-effective technology, expertise and data to rapidly improve supply chain sustainability and transparency. Source 44’s solutions for conflict minerals, product carbon footprints, compliance and supplier assessment are accessed through its innovative web-based supply chain intelligence platform: Source Intelligence™. This dynamic tool enables users to leverage data and technology to drive sustainable supply chain decision making. Source 44 is headquartered in San Diego, CA. For additional information about Source 44, visit the company's website at

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