The Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) and Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) are pleased to announce the first publication of the list of smelters (“List”) that are compliant with the Conflict-Free Smelter (“CFS”) program. The List can be accessed here.
The CFS is a voluntary program in which an independent third party assesses a smelter’s procurement activities and determines if the smelter demonstrated that all the materials they processed originated from conflict-free sources. GeSI and the EICC are providing a mechanism for legitimate minerals trade originating in the DRC and adjoining countries, while aiming to assure conflict-free materials in the electronics supply chain. The CFS designation is valid for one year from the date of the assessment.
The initial List represents tantalum smelters only; lists covering smelters processing tin, tungsten, and gold are planned for later this year. GeSI and EICC plan to periodically update the List as additional smelters complete the CFS assessment process. If a smelter is not on the List, it has either not undergone a CFS assessment or is not in compliance with the CFS protocol. All questions regarding smelters that are not on the List should be directed to the smelter company.
A company’s determination of whether or how to use all or any portion of the List is their sole and absolute discretion. The use of the List is voluntary; GeSI and the EICC do not require members to purchase only from smelters on the List.
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