Conflict-Free Smelter Program

The flagship program of the CFSI, the Conflict-Free Smelter Program (CFSP) takes a unique approach to helping companies make informed choices about conflict minerals in their supply chains. Focusing on a “pinch point” (a point with relatively few actors) in the global metals supply chain, the CFSP uses an independent third-party audit to identify smelters and refiners that have systems in place to assure sourcing of only conflict-free materials. Companies can then use this information to inform their sourcing choices.

A list of smelters and refiners that meet the standards of the audit are published on this website. 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.

The Initial Audit Fund for Participating Smelters

The Initial Audit Fund is a voluntary program managed by the CFSI designed to encourage CFSP-eligible smelters to participate. The Fund offers smelters an incentive for participating in the CFSP by fully paying for the costs of their initial audit when they are determined to be compliant. Support for the Fund is provided on a voluntary basis by CFSI member companies and is available on a first come, first serve basis until audit funds are depleted.

The Initial Audit Fund was launched in 2013 by the following corporate donors: 

  • Apple
  • General Electric
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Intel
  • Microsoft

Subsequent funding has been provided by:

  • 3M
  • Best Buy
  • EMC Corporation
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Google
  • Honda
  • IBM
  • On Semiconductor
  • Qualcomm
  • Tenneco

To be eligible for use of the funds, smelters must first meet the CFSP eligibility requirements. Once determined to be eligible, the smelter must not have undergone a previous CFSP audit, must have demonstrated its commitment to participating in the CFSP by signing the Auditee Agreement and Agreement for Exchange of Confidential Information, and must have submitted the Pre-Audit Checklist and Line Item Summary to CFSI staff in a timely manner. The Fund can be applied to multiple facilities under a single smelter so long as it is each facility’s first audit. Furthermore, in order to encourage CFSP participation among as many companies as possible, each smelter is only eligible for one incentive for each metal for which it is undergoing the audit.

Making a donation
EICC is tax exempt organization under 501(c)(6). Fund donations can be made via check or wire transfer. Contributing companies will receive a letter from the CFSI thanking them for their donation. The acknowledgement letter will describe the approximate impact of their donation in terms of the number of initial audits that will be paid for by the donation.

For more information, please contact Leah Butler at or (571) 858-5732.