Responsible Raw Materials Initiative

Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative and Tungsten Industry Conflict Minerals Council Launch Collaboration

November 26, 2013, Princeton, NJ and Washington, DC -- A new collaboration between the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI) and the Tungsten Industry Conflict Minerals Council (TI-CMC) makes it easier for companies to source conflict-free tungsten. Through the joint development of a specialized framework, members of the TI-CMC may now choose to become validated as Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) conflict-free tungsten smelters under the CFSI’s Conflict-Free Smelter Program (CFSP). This breakthrough marks the first time the CFSI and TI-CMC can provide information about conflict-free tungsten smelters – just in time for U.S. reporting requirements on conflict minerals in 2014.

“Over the past five years, companies have worked hard to address conflict minerals in their supply chains. Being able to provide companies with information about audit-validated, conflict-free tungsten smelters is a real success for our initiative, companies, and crucially the people on the ground who are affected by conflict in central Africa,” said Robert Lederer, Executive Director of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition.

“We’re very pleased to have crafted this unified approach to addressing conflict minerals issues. The TI- CMC sees this collaboration as an efficient and practical way for tungsten smelters to provide confidence to their customers that their sourcing practices do not directly or indirectly support conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and adjoining countries,” said James R. Dale, Vice President of Member and Industry Relations for the Metal Powder Industries Federation.

As part of the collaboration, TI-CMC compliant tungsten smelters may choose to undergo the Conflict-Free Smelter Program audit. The names of smelters compliant with the TI-CMC conflict-free tungsten program and CFSP compliant tungsten smelters will be publicly listed on the websites of the TI-CMC and the CFSI to help businesses make informed sourcing decisions.

Press contact

Julie Schindall
Director of Communications & Stakeholder Engagement
Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition
+1 571 858 5721 / +1 703 647 0967 / jschindall@eicc.info / www.conflictfreesourcinginitiative.org

James R. Dale
VP - Member & Industry Relations
Metal Powder Industries Federation
+1 609 452 7700 / jdale@mpif.org / www.ti-cmc.org