EICC and GeSI announce they have joined the PPA Initiative
WASHINGTON, D.C., November 17, 2011 – The Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition® (EICC®) and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative announce that they have joined the US State Department’s Public-Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade (PPA), a joint initiative between industry, governmental agencies, and civil society formed to support the development of supply chain solutions for sourcing responsibly-mined, conflict-free minerals from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Great Lakes Region (GLR).
“The Public-Private Alliance provides the EICC and GeSI the opportunity to engage in a critical effort that aims to enable sustainable conflict-free sources of minerals from the DRC and surrounding countries through a collaborative multi-stakeholder process,” said Bob Leet, EICC Co-Lead, EICC-GeSI Extractives Work Group. Mike Loch, GeSI Co-Lead, EICC-GeSI Extractives Work Group, added “Through this alliance, we aim to contribute company supply chain expertise along with our experiences from launching the Conflict-Free Smelter program. Creation of the PPA is a critical step in resolving the issues in the DRC while providing a means for companies to further invest in conflict-free minerals trade in the region.”
The PPA aims to coalesce and strengthen existing sourcing mechanisms by developing a transparent, verifiable, sustainable and conflict-free sourcing program for minerals originating from the eastern DRC and surrounding countries. This program will give companies the option to source minerals from the DRC that do not support armed groups and violence, but instead, promote positive economic development for the region.
The PPA also provides a platform to both leverage and harmonize the multiple programs focused on conflict-free sourcing from the region. Through the development of an information-sharing website and other gatherings, stakeholders are joining forces to promote responsible mineral sourcing from the region. Addressing these goals in a collaborative manner allows the participants to pool resources and expertise for a common good.
For more information on the PPA, see http://www.resolv.org/site-ppa/.