U.S. Companies who refused or otherwise did not answer the U.N. committee Panel of Experts on the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources and Other Forms of Wealth of the DRC in regards to their use of conflict minerals:
- Eagle Wings Resources Intl.
- Trintech International Inc.
- Cabot Corporation
- Kemet Electronics Corporation
- Flashes of Color
- OM Group
U.S. Companies Whose Progress Toward Responsible Mining is Less Than Satisfactory
- Nintendo – Zero Progress Whatsoever
U.S. Companies in Full Compliance Toward Responsible, Legal Mining
- Research in Motion (Blackberry)
Years after the first reports that rare minerals like coltan, essential to the manufacture of electronic goods including cell phones and video game consoles, could be funding a war in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), some of the world’s electronics giants have changed the way they do business.
Enough Project, an international advocacy organization that specializes in preventing genocide and armed conflict, released a report Thursday lauding companies including Intel, HP and Apple for establishing “conflict minerals” programs to trace minerals that fund rebels in eastern Congo and eliminate them from their supply chains.
Then again, some companies have not prioritized the issue.
Enough Project said Japanese video game manufacturer Nintendo has made no effort to root out conflict minerals and gave it the lowest score — zero — on its ranking of electronics manufacturers‘ attention to conflict minerals.
Nintendo was joined by underachievers Canon, Nikon and HTC, all bucking a trend of transparency accelerated by the US Congress’ passage of the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010.