Conflict Minerals

Conflict Minerals

Conflict minerals refer to the metals, namely tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold, harvested illegally from the Democratic Republic of Congo and nearby Central African nations. These minerals are often the primary source of military funds of local armed rebels.

These metals are necessary in electronic products. Valuing the social responsibilities regarding Human Rights and environmental protection, ASUS establishes conflict free minerals procurement policy that demands suppliers to prioritize the use of conflict-free minerals and to avoid causing the indirect associated problems such as mistreatment of laborers, threatening with force, mass usage of child labor and destroyed ecology.

Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) establishes Conflict-free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI) to conduct smelter qualification with Conflict-free Smelter Program (CFSP), helping enterprises avoid the use of conflict minerals.

ASUS has joined CFSI to provide substantial support to CFSP, and exercises standardized due diligence investigation to require our suppliers to reveal the status of conflict mineral procurement every year. Through ASUS purchasing power, the rate of using conflict-free minerals by ASUS' supply chain had increased from 22% to 90%. ASUS reveals and updates the list of qualified smelters annually on the ASUS CSR website.

ASUS Supply Chain Smelter List

ASUS CMRT 5.0

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 smelter list. Please visit conflict-free sourcing initiative for the latest smelter list.

With regard to tin, one of the conflict minerals, we not only forbid the use from conflict areas, but also pay attention to the non-sustainable harvest in Indonesia. Tin is one of the essential metals for electronic products; however, the poor mining management and the ignorance of international corporate results in the undesirable mining condition and create serious environmental damages. ASUS joined Tin Working Group (TWG), an organization of electronic product providers, tin mine companies, industry groups and social movement personnel, in the hope of addressing the impacts of unsustainable mining on local environment.

Please visit the website below for more details:
IDH: http://www.idhsustainabletrade.com/
TWG: http://www.idhsustainabletrade.com/mining-and-minerals/

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