Conflict Minerals

Conflict Minerals

Human rights infringement and environmental damage caused by mining in the conflict region in Africa and the Island of Bangka in Indonesia have become global issues, and conflict minerals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and adjoining countries are the most serious among others. Conflict minerals are illegal mined minerals from the DRC and adjoining countries. These conflict minerals directly or indirectly finance armed groups, which violates human rights and exploits labour to bring more armed conflicts in local regions. At present, conflict minerals are used by industries, particularly the electronics industry. These 4 conflict minerals include coltan (for tantalum, Ta), cassiterite (for tin, Sn), gold (Au), and wolframite (for tungsten, W).

Countries in the Current Conflict Zone

The humanitarian, human rights, and fair trade issues arising from or in connection with conflict minerals are the focus of international issues. For example, NGOs such as the EICC and GeSI have established the Conflict Free Smelter Program (CFSP*) to help smelters to pass conflict-free smelter certification by third-party agencies; the US Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Section 1502) to request US listed companies to investigate and disclose conflict metal information as of May 2014.

* EICC and GeSI continue with the CFSP and announce the list of CFSP-certified smelters at planned intervals.

Apart from supporting and implementing the Conflict Minerals Reporting program launched by the EICC/GeSI and dialoguing with relevant organizations, we request suppliers to inhibit the use of conflict minerals in their products.

ASUSTeK Supplier Conflict Minerals Ban Requirements

We do not accept metals made with minerals mined with illegal means and poor work environments. We also request suppliers to sign the "Consent of ASUSTeK Code of Conduct" to assume our social and environmental responsibility.
ASUS suppliers should ensure no metals used in their products are made with minerals that directly or indirectly finance armed rebel groups in the DRC and adjoining countries or with minerals from other controversial sources (e.g. responsible mining tin from the Island of Bangka in Indonesia and gold from the DPR Bank of North Korea).
We encourage suppliers to prioritize metals from smelters certified by the CFSP launched by the EICC/GeSI and to sign up to the CFSP.
After the list of adequately CFSP certified smelters is announced, we accept only minerals from CFSP certified smelters.

ASUS Supply Chain Smelter List

ASUS corporates with the conflict-free smelter program to conduct investigation of mineral source of our supply chain. All smelters in this list are from smelters used in our supply chain.
Please visit conflict-free sourcing initiative for the latest smilter list.

2015 ASUSTeK Supply Chain Conflict Mineral Investigation Results

To fulfill CSR and to investigate conflict minerals with due diligence, ASUSTeK conducted the supply chain conflict minerals investigation for the first time in 2010. In 2014, ASUSTeK raised the level of supply chain conflict minerals investigation as a routine operation to investigate qualified key suppliers of ASUSTeK. Through the regular annual investigation, we hope that the sources of the 4 above-mentioned metals are clear and supply chain information transparency is obtained.

  • Scope of Investigation
    Qualified key suppliers that still worked with ASUS in 2015, including component suppliers to system assemblers .
  • Investigation and Analysis
    Based on the supplier chain investigation results:
    • 90.2% of gold smelters/refiners
    • 96.9% of tantalum smelters/refiners
    • 73.2% of tin smelters/refiners
    • 77.8% of tungsten smelters/refiners

were CFSI accredited smelters.

According to the statistics of the annual survey, the ratio of third party accredited smelters/refiners has been on the rise year-after-year. This trend shows the result of the advocacy of international organizations in not using conflict minerals. In practice, minerals from the accredited suppliers are considered as top priority in ASUS supply chain procurement.

Trend of Using Non-Conflict Minerals from Smelters/Refiners in the Supply Chain

The data and analysis were based on refineries and smelters in ASUSTeK supply chain.

Apart from announcing the ban of conflict minerals use, we communicate to suppliers our unchanged policy on conflict minerals ban in the annual CSR audit and training/education and validate their management plans and records in related areas.

Participation in the Tin Working Group of the Sustainable Trade Initiative

Responsible mining tin from Indonesia Bangka and Belitung Islands is the other topic regarding responsible sourcing that ASUS cares about. The non-responsible mining practices are damaging the local marine eco system and environment.

Non-responsible mining tin could possibly be used in our product; ASUS has responsibilities to address the conditions and to take actions for improvement.

  1. Participate in the tin working group of the sustainable trade initiative;
  2. Support and follow the consensus actions from tin working group;
  3. Include the responsible mining tin in ASUS conflict mineral policy and address the issue to supply chain;
  4. Require suppliers to use responsible mining tin from Indonesia once the sufficient sources are available.