After the devastating tsunami in Japan early in 2011, we began exploring the interrelationship of green/ethical procurement (such as conflict minerals) with business continuity/disaster recovery planning.
Now, an article from leading electronics supplier Digi-Key states that lead times are delayed up to almost 6 months for a significant amount of the world’s production of tantalum capacitors as a result of the flooding in Thailand, combined with raw material supply impacts of conflict minerals laws/policies. Of course, higher prices are also expected. “Combine those two things together and that put a big strain on the supply of raw materials in the market as well as pricing,” said Joe Porter, vice president tantalum product marketing at Kemet Corp. based in Greenville, S.C.
We continue to believe that significant opportunities exist for business continuity/disaster recovery planning efforts to incorporate growing green/ethical procurement initiatives. Robust sustainability risk assessment exercises are essential in identifying relevant gaps and areas for improvement. Feel free to contact us for more information about how we can help.