National Instruments Achieves Dodd-Frank Compliance with Inspirage Conflict Mineral Solution
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National Instruments (NI) has been well aware of the pending Dodd-Frank Conflict Mineral reporting requirements since 2010. As a business-to-business company, NI was not overly concerned about consumer backlash over their conflict mineral policy; however, they did believe it is their corporate responsibility to eliminate conflict minerals in their products. Given this lack of consumer demands coupled with tight budgets in the current economic climate, NI looked for a straightforward, cost-effective Conflict Minerals solution.
While the EICC has developed a simple Excel spreadsheet that suppliers can send to manufacturers to report all of their smelter data, this can be an overwhelming amount of data to review if you have thousands of suppliers. So for large public companies, the key is to get these data into a robust system that can analyze the data and identify suppliers who are not compliant. Given that NI was already using Oracle Agile PLM for the past eight years and added PG&C in 2012, Agile was the logical place to start. But they needed to figure out how they could adapt Agile for Conflict Mineral reporting. With a Conflict Mineral solution already developed for Agile PLM, NI quickly realized that Inspirage would be the ideal partner.
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