More conflict free smelters announced

The Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) has announced further progress in its conflict-free smelter programme.

This 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. This provides a mechanism for legitimate minerals trade originating in the DRC and adjoining countries and gives a way for companies to ensure a  conflict-free supply chain.

In June they announced the first three gold refiners had been found compliant with the conflict-free smelter requirements. This is in addition to the first compliant tin smelter and the first compliant tantalum smelter processing materials from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), both announced in May.

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