About the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative
Founded in 2008 by members of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative, the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative has grown into one of the most utilized and respected resources for companies from a range of industries addressing conflict minerals issues in their supply chains.
Our flagship Conflict-Free Smelter Program offers companies and their suppliers an independent, third-party audit that determines which smelters and refiners can be validated as “conflict-free,” in line with current global standards. We also offer our Conflict Minerals Reporting Template, which helps companies disclose and communicate about smelters in their supply chains, and we produce white papers and guidance documents on responsible conflict minerals sourcing and reporting on a regular basis.
Over 330 companies and associations from seven different industries participate in the CFSI today, and we regularly collaborate with other complimentary programs and initiatives in this area. We also run a twice-yearly Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative Workshop, which brings together hundreds of representatives from industry, government and civil society for updates, in-depth discussions and guidance on best practices on responsible mineral sourcing. As more companies work on this issue we hope for a future in which businesses can contribute positively to the fostering of peace and stability in the Great Lakes region.
Download the CFSI overview brochure.
We provide a variety of tools and resources to support companies to make informed decisions about conflict minerals in their supply chains. These tools and resources are produced by several program areas and the working groups that support those program areas. CFSI programs are led by a Program Director, an Audit Program Coordinator and a steering committee of volunteers from participating companies. All CFSI members are welcome to participate in our various working groups and vote on governance issues.
Our program areas include:
- Conflict-Free Smelter Program (CFSP). Through the CFSP, we identify smelters and refiners that produce conflict-free materials. In order to confirm this status, we use specially trained third-party auditors to independently verify that these smelters and refiners can be deemed conflict-free. A list of smelters and refiners that meet the standards of the audit are published online. The audit standard is developed according to global standards including the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas and the U.S. Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
- Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT). The CMRT is a free, standardized reporting template that facilitates the transfer of information through the supply chain regarding mineral country of origin and smelters and refiners being utilized. The template also facilitates the identification of new smelters and refiners to potentially undergo an audit via the Conflict-Free Smelter Program.
- Due Diligence Guidance. Our due diligence working group focuses on producing white papers and other analyses and guidance for companies about best practices and various standards on addressing conflict minerals in the supply chain and reporting. These resources are all available on our website.
- Stakeholder engagement. The CFSI engages with a variety of non-governmental organizations, responsible investor groups, governments and multilateral institutions to discuss emerging issues, best practices and work on addressing shared challenges. Our members can regularly engage with stakeholders via the Multi-Stakeholder Group on conflict minerals convened by the Responsible Sourcing Network, and our bi-annual workshops also provide a forum for dialogue with stakeholders.
Over 330 companies and associations from seven different industries are part of the CFSI today and take advantage of a range of member benefits. These benefits include:
- Free access to Reasonable Country of Origin (RCOI) data and Country of Origin information associated with facilities that are validated through the Conflict-Free Smelter Program.
- Opportunity to shape industry response to conflict minerals reporting requirements and other expectations from stakeholders.
- Access to cutting-edge insight, tips and a like-minded community of industry professionals and issue experts developing solutions by companies, for companies.
- Latest information and insight about the developments on regional issues, various sourcing initiatives, regulatory schemes and more.
- Discounted attendance fee for two representatives from your organization at the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative twice-yearly workshops.
- Facilitated engagement with stakeholder groups, including civil society organizations and socially responsible investor groups, to ensure your company and organization have all the relevant perspectives as you make choices about your supply chain practices.
- Ability to contribute your perspectives to the development of new tools and resources from the CFSI, such as white papers on conflict minerals due diligence and training on conflict minerals reporting.
Membership is open to companies that use or transact in tantalum, tin, tungsten or gold (3TG). Membership is also open to associations of companies that use or transact in 3TG. Members are also required to accept an Agreement on the Exchange of Confidential Information (AECI) upon the approval of their application form. Please click here to see a sample AECI.
Individual companies: $7,500 per year
Companies that are members of CFSI partner associations: $3,000 per year
Partner associations: $20,000 per year
Interested in becoming a member? Please visit our membership page. Thank you for your interest!