The Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) are both member-based non-profit organisations representing the electronic industry and companies from the information and communication technologies sector. In 2008, they founded the EICC and GeSI Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI) in order to support their members to address the issue of sourcing conflict-free minerals, as required by the US Dodd-Frank Act and the OECD Due Diligence Guidance.
The Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative
The Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI) provides a broad range of tools and resources, guidance and trainings to its members. The initiative focusses on four areas:
- The Conflict-Free Smelter Program
This is the key element of the initiative.
- The Conflict Minerals Reporting Template
The CFSI provides a series of free and standardized templates that facilitate the information sharing throughout the entire supply chain.
- Due Diligence Guidance
Due diligence working groups provide recommendations, analysis and guidance on best practices and standards about ways to address the conflict minerals challenges in the supply chain and reporting. Resources are available on the CFSI website.
- Stakeholders engagement
The CFSI cooperates with several non-governmental organisations, investor groups, governments and multilateral institutions to exchange about new issues, best practices and shared challenges. The Responsible Sourcing Network and its Multi-Stakeholder Group on conflict minerals is a platform that provides the CFSI members an opportunity to engage with various stakeholders. In addition, the CFSI organises bi-annual workshops to promote dialogue among stakeholders and to train its members.
Over 150 companies from seven industries and active all over the world are part of the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative, making it the largest and most-used source of information and guidance for companies.
For further information, please consult the EICC and GeSI Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI) website.
The Conflict-Free Smelter Program
The key element of the CFSI is the Conflict-Free Smelter (CFS) Program, which provides the CFSI members a list of active and compliant smelters and refiners. A CFS compliant company has proper systems in place in order to guarantee the conflict-free sourcing of minerals in accordance to the OECD Due Diligence Guidance and the US Dodd-Frank Act.
The CFS Program is a voluntary initiative based on independent third party audits of refiners and smelters. On-site reviews evaluate following two dimensions:
- Business processes
Verifying the company’s policies and codes of conduct concerning the conflict minerals and how they are integrated in the various company procedures.
- The physical and material consistency of the minerals
A complete material analysis demonstrating that all minerals are conflict-free.
An evaluation of the consistency of the locations of origin of the minerals.
An evaluation of the “recycled or scrap” minerals.
If the independent third-party audit demonstrates that the CFS requirements are met, then the company is compliant with the Conflict-Free Smelter Program. The list of CFS compliant companies is publically available on the Internet.
The CFS Compliant companies’ lists and further details on the Conflict-Free Smelter Program are available on this website.