Dell, HP, Intel & Motorola Aim to Ensure Mineral Supply Chains Are Conflict-Free

By: Tod Arbogast, Director of Sustainable Business, Dell; Judy Glazer, Director of Global Social and Environmental Responsibility Operations, HP; Gary Niekerk, Director of Global Citizenship, Intel; Mike Loch, Director of Supplier Corporate Responsibility, Motorola

You may have recently read about the atrocities occurring in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The DRC holds vast sources of minerals; unfortunately, some of the profits derived from extracting these minerals are linked to groups reported to be committing serious human rights violations.

Minerals such as tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold, used in numerous industries including aerospace, automotive, electronics and jewelry, are extracted in the DRC, among other locations. In the electronics industry, the mining of these minerals takes place many layers before a final product is assembled, making it difficult if not impossible to trace the minerals’ origins.

As the electronic products our companies manufacture do contain these materials, and some of them could potentially originate from conflict regions of the DRC, Dell, HP, Intel and Motorola are jointly hosting a multi-industry forum to help develop transparency, accountability and assurance mechanisms in the supply chain of extracted metals.

This forum, set for Tuesday, Oct. 20 at the BSR conference in San Francisco, aims to help us learn from those who’ve made this journey before and established certification processes for their suppliers. We will hear from those mapping their supply chain down to the mines, and from mining and smelting operations that are conducting business in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. We hope this forum will help determine what actions we need to take to move forward on this important issue.

We already expect our suppliers, wherever they operate, to meet our standards for socially and environmentally responsible operations. That said, ensuring that our supply chain does not contribute to human rights violations in the DRC, or any other country, requires cooperation and commitment within every layer of the supply base.

If you’re a decision maker in a company whose products contain these minerals, or if you have influence in the area of corporate responsibility in your corporation, we encourage you to join us in this important discussion at BSR.

Finding a solution will require a force larger than any one company or industry, and we invite you to participate. Please confirm your attendance with Stephanie Nelson.

9 Responses to Dell, HP, Intel & Motorola Aim to Ensure Mineral Supply Chains Are Conflict-Free

  1. Mary Carolyn Perry says:

    Much sooner than later…this is an emergency..not something to keep putting off until the environment is completely ruined!

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  3. cheap dell says:

    well the electronic products our companies manufacture do contain these materials, and some of them could potentially originate from conflict regions of the DRC, Dell, HP, Intel and Motorola are jointly hosting a multi-industry forum to help develop transparency, accountability and assurance mechanisms in the supply chain of extracted metals.

  4. I m also so anxious about this i pad and i don’t see any reason that why its taking so long. This shows that the company don’t stand on their words and by showing this attitude they will devalue their market reputation. Thanks for sharing this information.

  5. Contractually require suppliers that source from DRC or neighboring countries to publish written evidence of the comprehensive due diligence they have carried out on their supply chain to ensure that the minerals have not passed through the hands of armed groups or military units, benefited them in other ways or otherwise involved human rights abuses.