Progress in eliminating conflict from minerals supply chains
Humanity organisation the Enough Project has released ‘Taking Conflict Out of Consumer Gadgets: Company Rankings on Conflict Minerals 2012,’ its second report ranking company progress toward responsible and conflict-free supply chains.
The report by Enough Project shows that the majority of companies surveyed have made great strides in eliminating conflict minerals from their supply chains since first being evaluated in 2010. Significant successes include some of CSR Europe's Corporate Members:
- Intel, HP, and GE cofounded a smelter incentive program, which pays for smelter audits.
- Intel was the first company to publicly commit to producing a fully conflict-free product – a microprocessing chip that will be produced by 2013.
- HP has actively engaged to help Congo develop a clean minerals trade
- SanDisk published the names of each of its smelters and has begun auditing its suppliers.
- Toshiba, Apple, HP, and Nokia implemented policies to require their suppliers to use only audited, conflict-free smelters, once enough are available.
- Nokia, Panasonic, Philips, AMD, HP, and Microsoft have piloted internationally agreed-upon due diligence guidance on conflict minerals in line with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development due diligence model.
Although a majority of leading consumer electronics companies have improved their approaches, there are many companies who could do much better in tracing and auditing their supply chains, the report concludes
(Source: CSR Wire)
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17 August 2012