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25 Feb 2011

Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) & Global eSustainability Initiative (GeSI)

[PDF] EICC-GeSI Conflict-Free Smelter (CFS) Assessment Program - Frequently Asked Questions

Will CFS succeed in eliminating conflict minerals from the electronics supply chain? Ethical sourcing is only one part of the solution to the issues surrounding conflict minerals...Could the electronics companies just start sourcing minerals from other global sources? The EICC and GeSI members do not want to lead to a de facto ban of minerals out of the DRC. There are hundreds of thousands of miners and millions of people that need artisanal mining originating from the DRC for their livelihood...What should consumers know about buying conflict-free electronic products? In the near term, there is currently no credible method for ensuring that minerals are coming from a responsible source. The EICC and GeSI are working to enable that visibility...