Join Dell, HP, Intel and Motorola at this multi-industry forum designed to drive increased collaboration to achieve assurance that companies are buying minerals from responsible sources and helping to create a responsible trade in minerals.
Over recent years the issue of mining and the sourcing of metals used in electronic products has gained increasing significance. Spurred by the ongoing civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), electronics companies are increasingly being asked to identify the origins of the metals used in their products, especially tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold.
However, mineral mining is the first stage in the supply chain and is many layers removed from the final electronics product. The smelting and refining of minerals often combines minerals from multiple sources—various mines in various regions—and once this happens it can be extremely difficult to trace the origin of the minerals.
The Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and the Global eSustainability Initiative (GeSI) have both stated that mineral extraction activities that help fuel conflict is unacceptable and has initiated steps to remove conflict minerals from the electronics industry.
In addition, the conflict in DRC centers on minerals which are regularly used in other industries including aerospace, automotive, jewelry, metal packaging and more, and the electronics industry is clearly just one player in a final solution.
For this reason and to support the ongoing work of GeSI and EICC, Dell, HP, Intel and Motorola have come together to sponsor a multi-industry forum. The forum seeks to find a way to distinguish socially and environmentally responsible sources from irresponsible ones and to support attempts at systemic change for the better.