Some electronics companies are eliminating conflict minerals from supply chains, but others show no progress, Enough Project

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16 August 2012

Taking Conflict Out of Consumer Gadgets: Company Rankings on Conflict Minerals 2012

Author: Sasha Lezhnev & Alexandra Hellmuth, Enough Project

Leading electronics companies are making progress in eliminating conflict minerals from their supply chains, but still cannot label their products as being conflict free...Intel, Motorola..., HP, and Apple...have developed conflict minerals programs...These include a smelter auditing program and an aid project for lagging smelters, direct sourcing and aid projects to help Congo develop a clean minerals trade...SanDisk, Philips, Sony, Panasonic, RIM, and AMD...have significantly improved their efforts by surveying their suppliers, piloting due diligence, and joining the smelter audit program. At the other end of the spectrum, laggards are also standing out due to lack of progress and communication...Nintendo has made no known effort to trace or audit its supply chain. Sharp, HTC, Nikon, and Canon are taking initial steps to join industry efforts, but their progress remains far behind industry leaders.

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1 August 2012

[PDF] Taking Conflict Out of Consumer Gadgets - Company Rankings on Conflict Minerals 2012

Author: Sasha Lezhnev & Alexandra Hellmuth, Enough Project

The majority of electronics companies surveyed have made progress in...:Tracing...to find the sources of their minerals...Auditing...by third-party auditors through the...Conflict-Free Smelter...program... Certification...to help Congo develop a clean minerals trade that helps communities....Five main gaps: Ensuring that “conflict free” is not Congo free...Buying from conflict-free smelters:...companies should require their suppliers to only purchase from conflict-free smelters...Getting all the smelters audited...Getting other industries more involved:...jewelry, automakers, aerospace, and industrial machinery...Making certification a process that civil society and governments participate in...Two companies surveyed stood out ahead of the pack: Intel...HP... [also refers to positive steps by Apple, AMD, Sony, Toshiba, Nokia, Panasonic, Philips, Microsoft, SanDisk, Acer, LG, GE, Motorola Solutions (part of Google), AT&T, Dell, RIM (Blackberry), Sprint, Telefonica, Verizon, Bosch, AVX, Kemet, IBM, Ford , Boeing, Northrop Grumman, United Technologies, Lockheed Martin, Signet Jewelers; business orgs. AIAG, Responsible Jewelry Council, World Gold Council, London Bullion Marketing Association]

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1 August 2012

[PDF] [Company responses to Enough Project report]

Author: Enough Project

[Includes Acer, AMD, Apple, Canon, Dell, HP, HTC, IBM, Intel, Lenovo, LG Electronics, Microsoft, Motorola Mobility, Nikon, Nintendo, Nokia, Panasonic, Philips, RIM, Samsung, Sandisk, Sharp, Sony & Toshiba responses]

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