What is the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI)?
Founded in 2008 by members of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI) has grown into one of the most utilized and respected resources for companies from a range of industries addressing responsible 3TG challenges in their supply chains.
Our flagship Conflict-Free Smelter Program (CFSP) offers companies and their suppliers an independent, third-party audit of SOR management systems and sourcing practices to validate compliance with CFSP protocols and current global standards. We also offer our Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT), which helps companies disclose and communicate about smelters in their supply chains, and we produce white papers and guidance documents on responsible 3TG sourcing and reporting on a regular basis.
More than 350 companies and associations from over 10 industries participate in the CFSI today, and we regularly collaborate with other complementary programs and initiatives in this area. We also run an annual 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.