We have implemented a due diligence program to identify and trace tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold, (3TG) minerals in our supply chain, based on the procedures and tools provided by the RBA and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to address concerns about conflicts in regions which source these minerals.
Our products, like virtually all consumer electronics, contain various metals, including tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold, (3TG) which originate in mines around the world. The 3TG metals have become known as "conflict minerals" because they are in part sourced from Eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where a decade-long civil war is continuing. Illegal armed groups control mines and transit routes to fund their violent operations.
In the U.S. the Dodd-Frank Act requires companies to file annual reports with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) beginning 31st May 2014, indicating if they are using 3TG originating from the DRC or adjoining countries. A likely but unintended consequence of this regulation is a widespread withdrawal from trade with the DRC by U.S. companies.
Motorola Mobility – a Lenovo Company believes it is essential to establish validated, conflict-free sources of 3TG within the DRC and elsewhere so that these minerals can be procured in a way that contributes to economic growth and development in the region rather than to conflict. We are willing to partner with governmental organizations, industry groups and NGOs to achieve a solution.
A more complete briefing on conflict minerals is available from the NGO The Enough Project. A useful training presentation is available from the Responsible Minerals Initiative.
Motorola Mobility - a Lenovo Company is implementing a due diligence program to identify and trace the 3TG minerals in our supply chain, based on the procedures and tools provided by the RBA and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The current status of our due diligence program is as follows:
Tracing 3TG in our supply chain using the RBA Mineral Reporting Template
We have adopted the RBA standardized reporting template and are requiring our suppliers to use this template as well. Currently, we have sent the template for completion to all of our production suppliers. We will integrate that data into an RBA tool documenting the overall progress of our supplier compliance program. We will continue to add supplier information to this database as they respond.
Under the Motorola Mobility – a Lenovo Company, Human Rights Policy and Responsible Minerals Initiative for responsible sourcing of minerals, suppliers shall exercise due diligence on the source and chain of custody of minerals used the manufacturing of their products, and make their due diligence measures available to customers upon request.
Identifying the smelters in our supply chain
Our suppliers should source only from certified conflict free smelters. To accomplish that objective, we are identifying the smelters in our supply chain based on the information gathered through the RBA reporting template. The Conflict Free Smelter Initiative maintains a list of smelters that have been certified as conflict free. We hope to see the process of certification proceed more quickly.
Motorola requires its suppliers to adhere to the OECD Due Diligence Guidance and we follow the guidance in our own due diligence program.
Dodd Frank compliance
Motorola Mobility – a Lenovo Company has been fully compliant with the SEC reporting requirements since June 2014.