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

Author: Sasha Lezhnev & Alexandra Hellmuth, Enough Project , Published on: 16 August 2012

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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