Two years ago the Enough Project initiated engagement with major electronics companies on conflict minerals, writing to 21 consumer electronics industry leaders to call their attention to this issue and inquire about the steps they were taking to ensure their products were conflict-free. Their objective was to have companies at the top of the minerals supply chain use their buying power to influence their suppliers, exerting pressure down the supply chain, which has proven to be successful in diamond sector as well. Since then, we have seen a host of efforts initiated by companies, governments, and NGOs, both in Congo and internationally, to trace supply chains back to their sources, independently audit chains-of-custody, and conceptualize certification schemes similar to the Kimberley Process for conflict diamonds.
Enough presents an initial ranking on the progress made by the 21 electronics companies with whom they have engaged in this survey. The report focuses on the efforts within the industry to address the conflict minerals issue and also assesses the response of other industries that are reliant on the conflict minerals. These rankings are an effort to provide consumers with the information they need to purchase responsibly, as well as a means of encouraging companies to continue to move forward in good faith. Check out the report here.
This report provides a clear analysis of the efficacy of advocacy organizations such as Enough. Although they acknowledge there is still much work to be done to end the wars fueled by conflict minerals in the Congo, this report shows the progress so far in their efforts to reach their goals to eradicate the trade of such minerals.