IBM recognizes the importance of responsible sourcing and is taking definitive steps to keep conflict sourced tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold out of our extended supply chain. Our standard and conflict minerals report provides insight into these actions and our objectives.
IBM Conflict minerals standard
IBM recognizes the adverse impacts associated with mining in conflict regions. IBM expects our suppliers and, in turn, their suppliers to adhere to the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) code of conduct and only source minerals from responsible sources. We seek to participate in industry initiatives to create and deploy supply chain verification processes (such as EICC/GeSI Due Diligence Tool and Conflict-Free Smelter Program) to confirm that the minerals in our supply chain come from responsible sources.
For more information, including additional details about IBM's due diligence process, please see our Conflict Minerals Report.
Parties may use the IBM Global Procurement Ombudsman office to confidentially communicate concerns to IBM regarding circumstances of mineral extraction, trade, handling, and export in a conflict-affected area that may not have been uncovered through conventional means of supply chain due diligence.
For additional information on conflict minerals and resources available from the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), please visit the EICC Web site (select 'Minerals Extraction' from 'Tools and Resources' menu).
Conflict minerals report for year ending December 31, 2013
We understand the importance of achieving a supply chain that uses only responsibly sourced minerals. And so at IBM, we have been working toward this goal with our extended supply chain and other members of the EICC's conflict minerals working group. This conflict minerals report describes our work in the reporting period and our plans for making progress toward achieving our objective.