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Verizon Joins the Public-Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade

by Employee ‎11-18-2011 02:58 PM - edited ‎11-18-2011 03:00 PM

kathy_brown_133x175.jpgVerizon has taken a step in the right direction by joining the Public-Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade, a group of concerned businesses and governmental organizations that is calling for action to address conflict minerals concerns while delivering solutions that benefit those involved in responsible minerals trade in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Great Lakes Region of Central Africa.

 

In joining the PPA, Verizon is supporting the development of pilot programs that will result in scalable, self-sustaining systems that enable businesses to source fully-traced and validated minerals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. There is much more work to be done, but we are proud to be a part of this important initiative that will help stop the violence in the region.

 

The tragic conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo involves militants who control lucrative mineral deposits and sell them to finance military operations. Millions of people have died as a result over the past two decades. Those minerals — tin, tantalum and tungsten ores — are key elements of consumer electronics products such as cell phones, personal computers and MP3 players.

 

While Verizon does not buy raw materials, manufacture devices, or produce any electronic equipment directly, we work to ensure that all of our products are responsibly manufactured by our suppliers. Our Supplier Code of Conduct and Human Rights Statement makes clear that we expect suppliers to conduct business with integrity and respect.

 

As a member of the Global eSustainability Initiative, Verizon has supported processes to eliminate conflict minerals in the consumer electronics supply chain. GeSI members are taking action by increasing supply chain transparency; developing and piloting an auditing process for smelters to validate conflict-mineral-free components; and engaging with other stakeholders for collaboration and efficiency.

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by ‎11-19-2011 01:40 PM - edited ‎11-19-2011 01:44 PM

Here is some information regarding the same subject. It is good to see that Verizon is apparently working towards the same objective. Although probably from different angles in the conflict area.

http://web.worldbank.org/external/projects/main?pagePK=64283627&piPK=73230&theSitePK=40941&menuPK=22...

by AndreaZimmerman on ‎12-04-2011 12:12 PM

Kathy, it is encouraging to see the commitment to solve the problem of conflict metals. I was wondering what Verizon's position is on rare earth production?  While the problems are different from conflict minerals, the damage to environmental and human health in China are astounding, as well as the threat to supply chain and U.S. national security.  There is only one rare earth operation in the U.S. that is being re-started after a length dormant period.  Even after the CA Mountain Pass mine begins producing, the shipping of these elements back to asia for device manufacturing is not very practical.

How does the Supplier Code of Conduct address issues with supply chain transparency, to ensure that minerals are responsibly sourced?

 

Thanks in advance,

Andrea

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