Adam Schafer, Intel director of Supply Chain Sustainability, and Erin Mitchell, Intel's Responsible Minerals Program manager, spent a week in late 2019 crisscrossing Rwanda’s mineral-rich mountains. Schafer and Mitchell made the trip to fully understand the first part of a complex process that brings minerals from Africa to high-tech companies for use in their devices.
BRUSSELS and ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 12, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Drive Sustainability and the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) today announced the release of a new study examining responsible sourcing of materials in the automotive and electronics industries. The report, Material Change, was commissioned by Drive Sustainability and the Responsible Minerals Initiative and completed by The Dragonfly Initiative (TDI).
The EICC and CFSI Launch the Multi-Industry Responsible Raw Materials Initiative (RRMI)
ALEXANDRIA, Va., November 15, 2016 /3BL Media/ – The Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI) today announced the launch of the Responsible Raw Materials Initiative (RRMI) to address the most significant social and environmental impacts related to the extraction and processing of raw materials used in the global supply chains of technology companies in multiple industries.
"Blood-free" minerals scheme must be binding, EU lawmakers say
Reuters. European importers of minerals from conflict zones should be forced to certify their goods "blood-free", an influential group of EU lawmakers said on Tuesday, seeking to toughen a proposal to prevent the financing of warlords in Africa.
Armed militia, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, breach Human Rights and monopolize the regions for Conflict Minerals, often referred to as the “3TG’s”: tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold. Citizens face sexual terrorism, genocides and human slavery to mine these black market minerals. The crusade in the Congo has reached over 5.4 million civil deaths, quadrupling more deaths than any Historical American War combined, leaving a devastating aftermath in the eastern provinces of Africa.
Michael J. Kowalski, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Tiffany & Co expressed his motivation for CSR and transparency in the jewelry industry. The historic brand has thrived over the last 170 years with upscale jewelry and is taking action in ethical sourcing. Global gemstone and diamond trade has been at the root of conflict in various mineral rich regions of Africa and has accounted for millions of deaths. Kowalski explained Tiffany & Co.
Since 2010, AIAG and two dozen member companies representing OEMs and suppliers have been working together to identify resources and tools to help companies gain greater supply chain transparency in the area of Conflict Minerals.