Conflict materials report calls out Nintendo Canon and Nikon for lack of

first_imgIn that same way that people don’t want to spend their money on a “blood” diamond — a gem mined in a conflict area — companies are supposed to be doing the same with the minerals they need to build their gadgets. Certain key materials are mined in areas that are militia-controlled though, and once companies have their international infrastructure and procurement systems setup it can be difficult for them to change providers, at least not without taking a hit to the bottom line. Over the past years awareness about the use of conflict materials has grown and companies have started to be called to task for not doing what they can to curb strife in certain locations.The Enough Project, an organization built around the goal of ending crimes against humanity, has put out its 2012 report on the use of conflict materials by major consumer electronics brands. The report ranks companies on their progress towards becoming completely conflict-free, based on their progress from the Enough Project’s December 2010 rankings.Among the top ranking companies in the report are Intel, HP, Sandisk, and Philips, all of whom have made major gains. The report puts Intel, for example, at 60% on the way towards being conflict-free. This is in keeping with the company’s own initiative to have conflict-free CPUs but 2014. Intel, AMD, Panasonic, and others made significant leaps since the last report was released.On bottom of the chart, in red, are the “laggards”. These companies have made little or (in the case of Nintendo) no apparent effort to avoid the use of conflict-free tantalum, tin, tungsten (the so-called three Ts), and gold. Also at the bottom are Canon and Nikon, who have started to make progress but are far behind their peers.The report notes that the numerical rankings are based on “company submissions in conjunction with publicly available information,” so it seems conceivable that companies could be making progress and just not reporting it to a third party. Nintendo provided no feedback to the Enough Project and their score suffered because of it, but it also suffered because the company’s lack of transparency and seeming refusal to join proactive organizations like the Solutions for Hope Project.Read the full report (PDF), via I-R[image credit Sasha Lezhnev/Enough Project]last_img read more