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Report finds information & communication industry makes progress eliminating conflict minerals from supply chain while other industries remain behind

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1 February 2013

Many Industry Sectors Unprepared for Conflict Minerals Rule [USA]

Author: Robert Kropp, Social Funds [USA]

A report from the Responsible Sourcing Network finds that leading companies in the information and communications industry have undertaken initiatives to ensure that their supply chains are free of conflict minerals, but few other industry sectors have done so...[In] the automotive industry...only Ford has taken significant steps to address conflict minerals thus far...[The] "...aerospace/defense...food packaging, medical device, retail, apparel and footwear, tooling, and toy industries have made little or no progress"...The report recommends that companies go beyond merely reporting to the SEC and implement supply chain traceability as well as engage with key stakeholders, which, the report argues...[is]...[t]he only way to ensure that supply chains are 100% free of conflict minerals is by ending the conflict in the DRC...The Network also recommends that investors sign onto an Investor Statement, whose current signatories manage a total of almost $200 billion in assets.

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Article
1 January 2013

[PDF] What's Needed: An Overview of Multi-Stakeholder and Industry Activities to Achieve Conflict-Free Minerals

Author: Responsible Sourcing Network

[Refers to Advanced Micro Devices (ADM), AIM Metals & Alloys, Alpha, American Mitsuba, AngloGold Ashanti, Apple, Asahi Pretec, AT&T, AVX, Banro, Best Buy, Boeing, BorgWarner, Cartier (part of Richemont), Chrysler, Cisco, Dell, Deloitte, Delphi, DENSO, Dickinson Wright, Dollar General, Dykema Gossett, Exotech, Freudenberg, Flextronics, Ford, Foxconn (part of Hon Hai), Freeport-McMoRan, F&X, Gannon & Scott, General Electric (GE), General Motors, Global Advanced Mining, HC Starck, Hi-Temp, Home Depot, Honda, HP (Hewlett-Packard), Intel, Inteva, JCPenney, KEMET, Lockheed Martin, Lowe's, Malaysia Smelting, Matsuda Sangyo, Medtronic, Metalor, MMR/Vinmart, Motorola Solutions, Motorola Mobility (part of Google), Nihon Material, Ningxia, Nissan, Nokia, Ohio Precious Metals, Oxender, Pamoja Minerals, Panasonic, Perth Mint Refinery, PTC, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Research in Motion (now BlackBerry), RFH, Robert Bosch, Royal Canadian Mint, Royal Philips Electronics, Sandvik, Sears, Signet Jewelers, Solikamsk Metal Works, Sony, Spring, Taki Chemicals, Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo, Target, Tata Steel, Telefonica, Telex, Tenke Fungurume (joint venture Freeport-McMoRan, Lundin, Gécamines), Tiffany, Toshiba, Toyota, Traxys, TRW, Ulba, Unity Minerals, Verizon, Visteon, Volkswagen, Walgreens, Walt Disney, Walmart, Yazaki, Zhuzhou Smelter Group (part of Hunan Nonferrous Metals)]

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