Conflict Minerals Company Rankings

2012 Conflict Minerals Company Rankings

Hand carrying mineralsFor a second time, The Enough Project has ranked the largest electronics companies on their efforts toward using and investing in conflict-free minerals in their products. Our consumer action guide will help you understand what actions companies are (or are not) taking to contribute to the creation of a clean minerals trade in Congo, and ultimately, the reduction of conflict there.

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Electronics Company Rankings

Company
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Rating
Score
Intel ★Industry Leader. Intel products include processors, chipsets, and motherboards.
  • Products include processors, chipsets, and motherboards.
  • Remained in the top-tier of companies and emerged as an industry leader.
  • Published the number of smelters in their supply chain and visited a large number of smelters.
  • Co-chaired the industry working group that deals with conflict minerals.
  • Was the first company to commit to making a fully conflict-free product with minerals from Congo by 2013.
  • Co-founded the Conflict-free Smelters Early Adopters program.
  • Joined the Public Private Alliance and participated in the Solutions for Hope project to source clean minerals from Congo.
  • Did not adopt a policy requiring suppliers to only use conflict-free smelters when available.
  • Intel could improve its score by following through on its goal to produce a conflict-free product, requiring its suppliers to use only conflict-free smelters when enough are available, piloting the OECD guidance, and fully supporting and implementing Section 1502 regulations issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
60▲
HP ★Industry Leader. HP products include laptops, desktops, printers, smartphones, and cameras.
  • Products include laptops, desktops, printers, smartphones, and cameras.
  • Remained in the top-tier of companies and emerged as an industry leader.
  • One of five companies to include conflict minerals in their supplier audits.
  • Incorporated conflict minerals into its supplier audits and visited two smelters.
  • Was one of only four companies to put a proactive policy in place requiring its suppliers to only source from smelters that have passed conflict minerals audits.
  • Co-founded the Conflict-free Smelters Early Adopters program.
  • Joined Public Private Alliance as a member of the governance committee and participated in the Solutions for Hope project to source clean minerals from Congo.
  • Has not publicly voiced support for the implementation of Section 1502 regulations issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • HP can improve its score by enforcing its new sourcing policy requiring suppliers to use only conflict-free smelters, disclosing its steps to implement the OECD guidance, and by fully supporting and implementing Section 1502 regulations issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
54▲
Philips Philips products include televisions and home theater products.
  • Products include televisions and home theater products.
  • Moved from the middle-tier to the top-tier of companies.
  • Visited several of its smelters.
  • Participated in the Conflict-free Smelter program but did not adopt a policy requiring suppliers to only use conflict-free smelters when available.
  • Did not join the Public Private Alliance or participate in a program to source clean minerals from Congo.
  • Was one of only six companies to pilot the OECD guidance.
  • Philips can improve its score by publishing its smelters, requiring its suppliers to source from only conflict-free smelters when enough are available and enforcing this policy through audits, joining the Public Private Alliance, joining the Early Adopters program, joining a clean minerals sourcing project from Congo, and fully supporting and implementing Section 1502 regulations issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
48▲
SanDisk SanDisk products include memory chips, USB devices, video players, and digital music players.
  • Memory chips, USB devices, video players, and digital music players.
  • Dramatically improved its score and moved from the bottom-tier to the top-tier of companies.
  • First company to publish the names of the smelters in its supply chain.
  • One of five companies to include conflict minerals in their supplier audits.
  • Joined the industry-wide efforts of the EICC but did not adopt a policy requiring suppliers to only use conflict-free smelters when available.
  • Did not join the Public Private Alliance or participate in a program to source clean minerals from Congo.
  • SanDisk can improve its score by requiring its suppliers to source from only conflict-free smelters when enough are available and enforcing this policy, piloting the OECD guidance, joining the Public Private Alliance, joining the Early Adopters program, joining a clean minerals sourcing project from Congo, and fully supporting and implementing Section 1502 regulations issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
48▲
AMD AMD products include processors, semiconductors, chipsets, motherboard, workstations, and software.
  • Products include processors, semiconductors, chipsets, motherboard, workstations, and software.
  • AMD entered the top-tier in its first ranking – it was not included in the initial companies ranked.
  • Joined the Public Private Alliance but did not participate in a program to source clean minerals from Congo.
  • Was one of only six companies to pilot the OECD due diligence guidance.
  • AMD can improve its score by requiring its suppliers to use only audited conflict-free smelters when enough are available and enforcing this policy through audits, joining the Early Adopters program, disclosing its steps to implement the OECD guidance, and fully supporting and implementing Section 1502 regulations issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
44
RIM RIM products include smartphones, tablets, and Bluetooth devices.
  • Products include smartphones, tablets, and Bluetooth devices.
  • Significantly improved its score and moved from the middle-tier to the top-tier of companies.
  • Has identified 95 percent of the smelters in its supply chain.
  • Participated in the Conflict-free Smelter program, but did not adopt a policy requiring its suppliers to only use conflict-free smelter when available.
  • Joined the Public Private Alliance and the Solutions for Hope project.
  • RIM can improve its score by publishing its smelters, requiring its suppliers to source from only conflict-free smelters when enough are available and enforcing this policy through audits, piloting the OECD guidance, joining the Conflict-free Smelters Early Adopters program, joining the Public Private Alliance, joining a clean minerals sourcing project from Congo, and by fully supporting and implementing Section 1502 regulations issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
42▲
Acer Acer products include laptops, tablets, desktops, and projectors.
  • Products include laptops, tablets, desktops, and projectors.
  • Greatly improved its efforts on conflict minerals and moved from a middle-tier to a top-tier company.
  • Was one of the only companies to publish the number of smelters in their supply chain.
  • Was one of the only four companies to adopt a proactive policy requiring its suppliers to only source from conflict-free smelters when available.
  • Applied to join the Public Private Alliance but did not participate in a program to source clean minerals from Congo.
  • Acer can improve its score by enforcing its new sourcing policy for smelters with supplier audits, joining the Early Adopters program, piloting the OECD guidance, and fully supporting and implementing Section 1502 regulations issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
40▲
Dell Dell products include laptops, desktops, printers, televisions, and projectors.
  • Products include laptops, desktops, printers, televisions, and projectors.
  • Remained in the top-tier of companies.
  • One of five companies to include conflict minerals in their supplier audits and visited two smelters.
  • Did not adopt a policy requiring suppliers to only use conflict-free smelters when available.
  • Joined the Public Private Alliance but did not participate in a program to source clean minerals from Congo.
  • Dell can improve its score by requiring its suppliers to source from only conflict-free smelters when enough are available and enforcing this policy, joining a clean minerals sourcing project from Congo, joining the Early Adopters program, piloting the OECD guidance, and fully supporting and implementing Section 1502 regulations issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
40▲
Apple Apple products include laptops, digital music players, smartphones, and tablets.
  • Products include laptops, digital music players, smartphones, and tablets.
  • Improved its efforts on conflict minerals and moved from a middle-tier to a top-tier company.
  • Was the first company to publish the number of smelters in its supply chain.
  • Was one of only four companies to adopt a proactive policy requiring its suppliers to only source from smelters that have passed conflict minerals audits when available.
  • Applied to be a member of the Public Private Alliance but did not participate in a program to source clean minerals from Congo.
  • Apple can improve its score by enforcing its new sourcing policy on smelters with supplier audits, joining the Early Adopters program, piloting the OECD guidance, and fully supporting and implementing Section 1502 regulations issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
38▲
Microsoft Microsoft products include software, video game consoles, digital music players, computer hardware, and smartphones.
  • Products include software, video game consoles, digital music players, computer hardware, and smartphones.
  • Remained in the top-tier of companies.
  • One of five companies to include conflict minerals in their supplier audits.
  • Participated in the Conflict-free Smelter program.
  • Applied to be a member of the Public Private Alliance but did not participate in a program to source clean minerals from Congo.
  • Was one of only six companies to pilot the OECD due diligence guidance.
  • Made a public statement against the Chamber of Commerce’s threat of lawsuit on the SEC regulations.
  • Microsoft can improve its score by requiring its suppliers to source from only conflict-free smelters when enough are available and enforcing this policy through audits, disclosing its steps to implement the OECD guidance, joining the Conflict-free Smelters Early Adopters program, and joining a clean minerals sourcing project from Congo.
38▲
Motorola Mobility Motorola Mobility products include smart phones, mobile phones, tablets, DVD players, and modems.
  • Products include smart phones, mobile phones, tablets, DVD players, and modems.
  • Remained in the top-tier of companies.
  • Participated in the Conflict-free Smelter program, but did not adopt a policy requiring suppliers to only use conflict-free smelters when available.
  • Participated in the Solutions for Hope program but did not join the Public Private Alliance.
  • Motorola Mobility can improve its score by publishing the smelters in its supply chain and visiting smelters, requiring its suppliers to source from only conflict-free smelters when enough are available and enforcing this policy through audits, joining the Public Private Alliance, joining a clean minerals sourcing project from Congo, joining the Early Adopters program, piloting the OECD guidance, and fully supporting and implementing Section 1502 regulations issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
35▲
Nokia Nokia products include mobile phones, smart phones, and laptops.
  • Remained in the top-tier.
  • Products include mobile phones, smart phones, and laptops.
  • Has not published a list of smelters in its supply chain.
  • One of five companies to include conflict minerals in their supplier audits.
  • Participated in the Conflict-free Smelter program but did not adopt a policy requiring its suppliers to use only audited conflict-free smelters.
  • Joined the Public Private Alliance and the Solutions for Hope project.
  • Was one of only six companies to pilot the OECD due diligence guidance.
  • Nokia can improve its score by publishing its smelters, requiring its suppliers to source from only conflict-free smelters when enough are available and enforcing this policy through audits, joining the Early Adopters program, disclosing its steps to implement the OECD guidance, and fully supporting and implementing Section 1502 regulations issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
35▲
Panasonic Panasonic products include televisions, Blu-ray products, DVD players, home theater, cameras, camcorders, and printers.
  • Products include televisions, Blu-ray products, DVD players, home theater, cameras, camcorders, and printers.
  • Dramatically improved its score and moved from the bottom-tier to the top-tier of companies.
  • Published the number of smelters in its supply chain.
  • Participated in the Conflict-free Smelter program but did not adopt a policy requiring suppliers to only use conflict-free smelters when available.
  • Applied to be a member of the Public Private Alliance but has not participated in a program to source clean minerals from Congo.
  • Was one of only six companies to begin piloting the OECD due diligence guidance.
  • Made a public statement against the Chamber of Commerce’s threat of lawsuit on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s regulations.
  • Panasonic can improve its score by publishing the names of its smelters, requiring its suppliers to source from only conflict-free smelters when enough are available and enforcing this policy through audits, joining the Early Adopters program, disclosing its steps to implement the OECD guidance, and by joining a clean minerals sourcing project from Congo.
33▲
IBM IBM products include software, printers, computers, and routers.
  • Products include software, printers, computers, and routers.
  • Improved its efforts on conflict minerals but is still a middle-tier company.
  • Have not identified the smelters in its supply chain.
  • Did not adopt a policy requiring suppliers to only use conflict-free smelters when available.
  • Aided traceability efforts in the region by donating material support and training.
  • Did not join the Public Private Alliance or participate in a program to source clean minerals from Congo.
  • IBM can improve its score by requiring its suppliers to use only conflict-free smelters when enough are available and enforcing this policy through audits, joining the Early Adopters program, piloting the OECD guidance, joining the Public Private Alliance, and fully supporting and implementing Section 1502 regulations issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
27▲
LG LG products include televisions, projectors, Blu-ray products, mobile phones, washer-dryers, vacuums, and refrigerators.
  • Products include televisions, projectors, Blu-ray products, mobile phones, washer-dryers, vacuums, and refrigerators.
  • Improved its score slightly but is still a middle-tier company.
  • Published the number of smelters in its supply chain.
  • Did not adopt a policy requiring suppliers to only use conflict-free smelters when available.
  • Did not join the Public Private Alliance or participate in a program to source clean minerals from Congo.
  • LG can improve its score by publishing the names of smelters in its supply chain, requiring its suppliers to use only audited conflict-free smelters when enough are available and enforcing this policy through audits, joining the Early Adopters program, joining the Public Private Alliance, piloting the OECD guidance, and fully supporting and implementing Section 1502 regulations issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
27▲
Samsung Samsung products include televisions, Blu-ray products, DVD players, smart phones, tablets, cameras, camcorders, and laptops.
  • Products include televisions, Blu-ray products, DVD players, smart phones, tablets, cameras, camcorders, and laptops.
  • Remained a middle-tier company.
  • Participated in the Conflict-free Smelter program, but did not adopt a policy requiring its suppliers to use only conflict-free smelters when available.
  • Did not join the Public Private Alliance or participate in a program to source clean minerals from Congo.
  • Samsung can improve its score by taking the first step to find out who the smelters are in its supply chain and publishing this information, requiring its suppliers to use only audited conflict-free smelters when enough are available and enforcing this policy through audits, joining the Early Adopters program, joining the Public Private Alliance, joining a clean minerals sourcing project from Congo, piloting the OECD guidance, and by fully supporting and implementing Section 1502 regulations issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
27▲
Sony Sony products include smartphones, cell phones, videogame consoles, televisions, tablets, laptops, Blu-ray products, DVD players.
  • Products include smartphones, cell phones, videogame consoles, televisions, tablets, laptops, Blu-ray products, DVD players.
  • Ranked in the middle-tier.
  • Has not identified all of the smelters in its supply chain.
  • Helped get the Japanese electronics industry to partner with the US-based electronics group that is leading conflict minerals work.
  • Joined the Public Private Alliance but did not participate in a program to source clean minerals from Congo.
  • Sony can improve its score by taking the first step to find out who the smelters are in its supply chain and publishing that information, requiring its suppliers to source from only conflict-free smelters when enough are available and enforcing this policy through audits, piloting the OECD guidance, joining a clean minerals sourcing project from Congo, and fully supporting and implementing section 1502 regulations issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
27▲
Toshiba Toshiba products include laptops, desktops, televisions, Blu-ray products, and camcorders.
  • Products include laptops, desktops, televisions, Blu-ray products, and camcorders.
  • Improved its ranking and moved from the bottom-tier to the middle-tier of companies.
  • Has not identified all of the smelters in its supply chain.
  • Was one of only four companies to adopt a proactive policy requiring its suppliers to use only conflict-free smelters when available.
  • Joined the Public Private Alliance but did not participate in a program to source clean minerals from Congo.
  • Toshiba can improve its score by taking the first step to find out who the smelters are in its supply chain and publishing that information, and enforcing its new supplier policy on conflict-free smelters through audits, piloting the OECD guidance, joining a clean minerals sourcing project from Congo, and fully supporting and implementing section 1502 regulations issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
21▲
Lenovo Lenovo products include laptops, desktops, tablets, workstations, and webcams.
  • Products include laptops, desktops, tablets, workstations, and webcams.
  • Improved its score slightly but is still a middle-tier company.
  • Did not adopt a policy requiring suppliers to only use conflict-free smelters when available.
  • Did not join the Public Private Alliance or participate in a program to source clean minerals from Congo.
  • Lenovo can improve its score by taking the first step to find out who the smelters are in its supply chain and publishing that information, requiring its suppliers to use only audited conflict-free smelters when enough are available and enforcing this policy through audits, joining the Early Adopters program, joining the Public Private Alliance, piloting the OECD guidance, and fully supporting and implementing Section 1502 regulations issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
17▲
Canon Canon products include cameras, camcorders, projectors, and printers.
  • Products include cameras, camcorders, projectors, and printers.
  • Slightly improved its score because it joined industry-wide efforts but is still in the bottom-tier.
  • Surveyed its first-tier suppliers on conflict minerals but did not identify the smelters in its supply chain.
  • Did not join the Public Private Alliance or participate in a program to source clean minerals from Congo.
  • Canon can improve its score by taking the first step to determine the smelters in its supply chain, requiring its suppliers to use only audited conflict-free smelters when enough are available and enforcing this policy through audits, joining the Early Adopters program, joining the Public Private Alliance, and fully supporting and implementing Section 1502 regulations issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
8▲
Nikon Nikon products include cameras and lab equipment.
  • Products include cameras and lab equipment.
  • New company to the survey and was ranked in the bottom-tier of companies.
  • Has taken initial steps to investigate its supply chain.
  • Participated in the Conflict-free Smelter program but did not adopt a policy requiring suppliers to use only conflict-free smelters when available.
  • Did not join Public Private Alliance or participate in a program to source clean minerals from Congo.
  • Nikon can improve its score by publishing the smelters in its supply chain, developing a stated policy for auditing its smelters, requiring its suppliers to source from only conflict-free smelters when enough are available, joining the Public Private Alliance, joining a clean minerals sourcing project from Congo, joining the Early Adopters program, engaging with the necessary stakeholders, piloting the OECD guidance, and fully supporting and implementing Section 1502 regulations issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
8
Sharp Sharp products include televisions, Blu-ray products, DVD players, and calculators.
  • Products include televisions, Blu-ray products, DVD players, and calculators.
  • Ranked in the bottom-tier.
  • Has not identified the smelters in its supply chain.
  • Joined the industry-wide efforts of the EICC but did not adopt a policy requiring suppliers to only use conflict-free smelters when available.
  • Did not join Public Private Alliance or participate in a program to source clean minerals from Congo.
  • Sharp can improve its score by publishing its smelters, requiring its suppliers to source from only conflict-free smelters when enough are available and enforcing this policy through audits, developing a stated policy for auditing its smelters, joining the Public Private Alliance, joining a clean minerals sourcing project from Congo, piloting OECD guidance, and fully supporting and implementing section 1502 regulations issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
8▲
HTC HTC products include smartphones, cellphones, and tablets.
  • Products include smartphones, cellphones, and tablets.
  • New company to the survey and was ranked in the bottom-tier of companies.
  • Communicated to Enough through a media firm that they have made progress in some categories but did not have the time or capacity to complete the survey.
  • Did not find the number of smelters in its supply chain.
  • Did not include conflict minerals in its audit policy.
  • Did not join the Public Private Alliance or participate in a program to source clean minerals from Congo.
  • HTC can improve its score by taking the first step to determine the smelters in its supply chain, more actively and directly engaging with outside stakeholders, requiring its suppliers to use only audited conflict-free smelters when enough are available and enforcing this policy through audits, joining the Early Adopters program, joining the Public Private Alliance, piloting the OECD guidance, and fully supporting and implementing Section 1502 regulations issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
4
Nintendo Nintendo products include videogames and videogame consoles.
  • Products include videogames and videogame consoles.
  • Lowest ranked company.
  • Unresponsive to repeated outreach efforts.
  • Has not undertaken any known efforts to investigate its supply chains.
  • Did not include conflict minerals in its audit policy.
  • Did not join the Public Private Alliance or participate in a program to source clean minerals from Congo.
  • Nintendo can improve its score by taking the first step to determine the smelters in its supply chain and publish the information, engage with necessary stakeholders, require its suppliers to use only audited conflict-free smelters when enough are available and enforcing this policy through audits, joining the CFS Early Adopters program, joining the Public Private Alliance, piloting the OECD guidance, and fully supporting and implementing Section 1502 regulations issued by the SEC.
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Other Industries: Starting Work but Lagging Behind

Other industries that also use conflict minerals in their products have done much less than the consumer electronics sector. Enough only ranked large consumer electronics companies in this survey, because we have had extensive engagement with them and a basis on which to differentiate their actions. But the involvement of other industries is also important, and we have begun engagement with the largest companies in five other sectors that we hope will follow the electronics industry’s leadership: automotive, jewelry, mining, industrial machinery, and retail.

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