With over 30 years of industry experience, Mr. Loch is one of the most recognized conflict minerals experts in the world, and was named the Number One Conflict Minerals Influential Leader on the Top 100 Conflict Minerals Influential Leaders by Assent Global.
Prior to founding Responsible Trade, LLC., he served as the Director, Supply Chain Corporate Responsibility for Motorola Solutions where he was responsible for Motorola’s Global Supplier Corporate Responsibility Program with a focus on supply chain, environmental, health and safety management, conflict minerals, international standards, and green manufacturing.
Mike has served in numerous leadership positions in the development and launch of several global conflict minerals initiatives. He was a member of the Governance Committee of the Public Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade, and he served as co-chair of the Conflict Free Sourcing Initiative for over 7 years, during which the CFSI developed the Conflict Free Smelter Program (now RMI – Responsible Minerals Initiative) and Conflict Minerals Reporting Template. Mike has been active in development of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas (OECD Due Diligence) and served as the electronics industry representative on the OECD Forum’s Multi-Stakeholder Steering Group. He continues to meet with U.S. Government officials to discuss the effectiveness of section 1502 of Dodd Frank. Mike also led the development and launch of the Solutions for Hope project in DRC. He has worked in the DRC, Uganda and Rwanda, where he has visited mine sites, trading houses, NGO’s and regional governmental representatives to gain a local perspective of the issues and challenges facing the tantalum industry and continues to interact with government officials in the Covered Countries, the United States and the European Union to assist in improving conditions on the ground. He is a frequent speaker on the matter.
In addition, Mike has experience on international standards development and is the recipient of three individual Motorola Corporate Impact awards for standards activities. He has held leadership positions within International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) TC111 and IEC’s Advisory Committee on EnvironentaAspects (ACEA).