As of 2014, SEC-filing companies need to publicly report that they don't use "conflict minerals" (tantalum, tungsten, tin, gold from central Africa) in their products. To do that, companies need to track the materials they use throughout the whole supply chain. Meercat can be used as a supporting tool both in the initial investigations / self-reports and subsequent audits.
Meercat allows you to re-create your complete supply chain on-line, evaluate the suppliers and show both the compliance and performance separately for all levels of the supply chain (all suppliers, direct, 2nd tier, 3rd tier).
Meercat can be used for identifying the suppliers of the affected components and their evaluation.
Inital part of a conflict-mineral project should consist of an investigation of the status quo and direct suppliers