On May 31, companies who report to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and manufacture products containing conflict minerals will need to submit their disclosures for 2013 to the SEC. With the deadline looming and this being the first reporting year, the SEC issued a second set of conflict minerals Q&A’s last week.

The link to the Q&A’s is located here.

There are 21 Q&A’s in the new document. The newly issued Q&A’s provide:

• further clarification on applicability of the reporting
• the extent to which organizations must investigate and disclose information
• clarification of terms and definitions
• further information on the necessary content of the reporting, audit
qualifications, and requirements and
• clarification of “due diligence”

In August 2012, the SEC issued a final rule on Section 1502 of the 2010 U.S. Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act stating that publically-traded companies in the United States must evaluate and disclose their usage of conflict minerals (tin, tantalum, gold, and tungsten) throughout their manufacturing supply chain, track quantities purchased, and report on the origin of these products.

Companies who are not publically-traded are also affected as they need to address these requirements in order to maintain market-share with their customers who are publically traded. They must also be prepared to respond to customer requests regarding conflict minerals usage.

Some companies have been delaying action, anticipating successful attempts by a group of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to repeal all or a portion of the law. Although some progress is being made, nonetheless, most companies still face customer supply chain inquiries and also need to be prepared to respond to meet initial regulatory deadlines.

Many companies are either using or considering using the International Electrotechnical Commission Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components (IEQC) QC 080000:2012 “Hazardous Substance Process Management System” (HSPM) standard to facilitate incorporating conflict minerals management into existing environmental and quality management systems.

For those companies affected by the Conflict Minerals regulations, the deadline to file a form SD with the SEC is just weeks away. If you require help with your reporting or need further assistance with developing and implementing systems to management conflict minerals and other product related reporting requirements, please contact Julie Muszalski at 508.970.0033 ext.124 or

Registration now open for CAPACCIO/AIM Sustainability Roundtable on Dec. 5 Reply

On Thursday, December 5th, Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc. (CAPACCIO) and the Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) will present the last Sustainability Roundtable of the year. Moderated by Wayne Bates, PhD, PE, ENV SP, Vice President at CAPACCIO, the topic for this roundtable will be sustainability strategies, metrics, and reporting. Along with an overview of the topic, industry guest speakers will be on hand to share their experience in this area including the type of data they track and report and to whom and why.

Guest speakers for this roundtable include:

•Johanna C. Jobin, Director, Corporate Responsibility – EMD Millipore Corporation

•Rose Perkins, Associate Director, Sustainability – Dow Industries

As always, the roundtable will also include expert analysis, best practices and networking.

In the spirit of sustainability and the approaching holiday season, attendees may bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots.

Waters Corporation, 34 Maple Street, Milford, MA

7:45 am – 11 am

AIM Members $50/session
Non-Members $100/session


Participation is limited to people who maintain direct responsibility for sustainability at their companies. We welcome your interest, expertise and passion, as AIM introduces a new resource to help Massachusetts businesses.

Questions? Please contact Gloria Fischer at or 617.262.1180 or Waynes Bates at or 508.970.0033 ext. 121.

CAPACCIO’s Wayne Bates, PhD, PE, ENV SP, to moderate AIM sustainability roundtable on November 12 Reply

Please join us Tuesday, November 12 at the Western Massachusetts Food Bank in Hatfield, MA for the next sustainability roundtable event. Sustainability is a journey, not a destination, and the overall objectives for this roundtable event include:

1. Providing an introduction to sustainability and current trends in sustainability
2. Sharing best practices and experiences in the area of sustainability
3. Participating in structured workshops using tools that participants can take back to their organizations

Facilitated by Wayne Bates, PhD, PE, ENV SP, Vice President and sustainability services leader at Capaccio Environmental Engineering, the roundtable will focus on determining what sustainability may mean to your organization and determine where you are along your journey. We will also discuss how to plan for implementation and benchmark progress. We will begin by asking questions like; What is your organization doing well? What could you improve upon? What current strengths could be converted into opportunities? What weaknesses could become threats? Answering these questions provides a perspective that often sheds light on what internal practices may be achieving sustainable results but may not be communicated within or outside the organization. In addition, you will learn how to use structured conversations and SWOT analyses to discover commonality among functional areas within your organization as you move toward identifying and implementing your goals.

In effort to demonstrate our commitment to the true meaning of sustainability, at the November 12 roundtable session we will be collecting donations for the Food Bank. We encourage you to bring your non-perishable items in a shopping bag to the roundtable event.

To register visit:

AIM Members $50/session, $150/season pass
Non-Members $100/session, $300/season pass

Date | Location | Registration
November 12 – 7:45 am to 11:00 am
Food Bank of Western MA
97 North Hatfield Road, Hatfield
Participation is limited to people who maintain direct responsibility for sustainability at their companies. We welcome your interest, expertise and passion, as AIM introduces a new resource to help Massachusetts businesses.

For questions regarding registration, please contact Gloria Fischer at or 617.262.1180. For questions about the roundtable, please contact Wayne Bates at or 508.970.0033 ext. 121.

CAPACCIO’s Wayne Bates, PhD, PE, to moderate AIM Sustainability Roundtable Reply

Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc., in conjunction with Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM), is hosting a Sustainability Roundtable at Waters Corporation in Milford on Thursday, September 12 from 7:45 am to 11:00 am. Moderated by Wayne Bates, PhD, PE, Vice President at Capaccio and adjunct professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the roundtable will provide expert analysis and valuable information to help companies create, manage, or fine-tune their sustainability programs.

In addition to the facilitated discussion, there will also be three great speakers on the following topics:

Sustainable Waste Streams – Central Disposal Method
Jeff Hyman
Sr. Manager, Environmental Health & Safety US
EMD Serono, Inc.

Manufacturing Skills – Workforce Training
Jim McCabe
Sustainability Manager
Global Operations/Services
Waters Corporation

Energy and Water Conservation Initiatives at Coca Cola
Ron VanderDolder
Safety, Environmental, & Security Manager

Cost for AIM members is $50.00; and non-members are $100.00. To register for this event, please visit:

For more information, please contact Wayne Bates at 508.970.0033 ext. 121 or