Publish on: 2013-04-30

WASHINGTON, D.C, April 30, 2013 – The Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition® (EICC®) and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) are pleased to announce the launch of the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI). The CFSI replaces the name “EICC-GeSI Extractives Work Group” as the initiative grows and becomes more inclusive of stakeholders and a wide range of industry sectors supporting the sourcing of conflict-free minerals.

The CFSI is the global leader for the responsible sourcing of minerals. It provides information on conflict-free smelters and refiners, common tools to gather sourcing information, and forums for exchanging best practices on addressing conflict minerals. These resources are key to assisting companies to source minerals responsibly and help companies to comply with the new regulatory requirements under Section 1502 of the DoddFrank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. This common approach reduces the need for duplication of efforts across the many sectors that are using conflict minerals, including the aerospace, apparel, automotive, defense, housing, jewelry, packaging, and toy industries.

The CFSI encompasses a multi-sector, multi-stakeholder network. The Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG), the Japanese Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA), the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) are among its members. Together, this network has developed leading tools and resources including:

  • Conflict-Free Smelter Program (www.conflictfreesmelter.org)
  • Conflict Minerals Reporting Template
  • Conflict-free minerals supply chain workshops
  • Conflict minerals training and best practices
  • Research on conflict minerals and metals used in the electronics sector.

“Industry, governments and NGOs support the CFSI because of its open-source, multistakeholder design and its impact,” says Stephen D'Esposito, President of RESOLVE, an independent, solutions focused organization. “With the CFSI, the EICC and GeSI have created a resource for all those who support conflict-free supply chains.”

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