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Ranking corporate action on conflict minerals sourcing in Dem. Rep of Congo, new report by Enough Project

DRC Enough Project 2017 Ranking

The Enough Project’s 2017 conflict minerals company rankings examine 20 of the largest companies, as defined by market capitalization, in two of the industries which consume the most tin, tungsten, tantalum, and gold: consumer electronics and jewelry retail. Although a range of industries use these minerals—often referred to as conflict minerals or 3TG—Enough chose to rank these two industries in particular because they have demonstrated the potential to be catalytic in the development of new policies and practices regarding responsible sourcing, and they are also particularly attuned to consumer pressure. These latest rankings acknowledge the steady advances that have been made since Enough conducted its first company rankings in 2010 and expose the considerable and urgent need for more action.

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16 November 2017

Apple and google just aced a major ethics test in Africa, says new report

Author: Alasdair Wilkins, Inverse Innovation

Apple and Google have topped newly released rankings for their work ensuring the minerals used in their products don’t come from war zones...[in]...the Enough Project’s 2017 report...

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has faced decades of civil war, with much of the fighting centered in the country’s resource-rich eastern regions. Warlords use profits from mining operations to help fund their activities. The four most common of these conflict minerals are tin, tungsten, tantalum, and gold, often abbreviated as 3TG.

All four of those minerals are used in consumer electronics…

The report also calls on all companies to publicly report their due diligence work with conflict minerals, to monitor mines continuously to ensure they remain conflict-free instead of checking annually, and to join agreements that hold them accountable for any conflict minerals discovered in their supply chain.

That last step is especially important…because…Republicans have repeatedly sought to repeal the U.S. conflict resources law, while the Congolese government faces long-term political crises and instability that undermine its ability to contend with local warlords. As such, companies’ own, frequently self-directed efforts are the best option to keep the supply chain conflict-free…

Generally speaking, the 10 consumer electronics companies scored better than jewelry companies…All of these rankings apply exclusively to the Congo…

[Also refers to HP, Intel, Microsoft, Samsung, and Toshiba]

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16 November 2017

Demand the supply: ranking consumer electronics and jewelry retail companies on their efforts to develop conflict-free minerals supply chains from Congo

Author: Annie Callaway, The Enough Project

The Enough Project’s 2017 conflict minerals company rankings examine 20 of the largest companies...in two of the industries which consume the most tin, tungsten, tantalum, and gold [often referred to as conflicts minerals or 3TG]: consumer electronics and jewelry retail...Enough chose to rank these two industries in particular because they have demonstrated the potential to be catalytic in the development of new policies and practices regarding responsible sourcing, and they are also particularly attuned to consumer pressure. These latest rankings acknowledge the steady advances that have been made since Enough conducted its first company rankings in 20102 and expose the considerable and urgent need for more action...

...Companies were ranked based on four core categories of criteria:

1. Conducting Conflict Minerals Sourcing Due Diligence and Reporting...

2. Developing a Conflict-Free Minerals Trade and Sourcing Conflict-Free Minerals from Congo, Particularly Gold...

3. Supporting and Improving Livelihoods for Artisanal Mining Communities in Eastern Congo...

4. Conflict-Free Minerals Advocacy

...Companies and industries must be held accountable to ensure progress [in decreasing violence and exploitation in mining areas] continues, and these rankings serve as a tool for consumers and investors to do that...

[Also refers to Alphabet, Apple, Costco, Helzberg Diamonds, HP, IBM, Intel, J.C. Penney, Macy's, Microsoft, Neiman Marcus, Panasonic, Samsung, Sears, Signet, Sony, Target, Tiffany, Toshiba, and Walmart]

[See company responses here]

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