IBM recognizes the potential adverse impacts associated with mining 3TG in conflict regions of Central Africa. To neutralize these impacts, we expect our suppliers and, in turn, their suppliers to adhere to the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) code of conduct and only source 3TG from responsible conflict-free sources. We participate in industry initiatives to create and deploy supply chain verification processes (such as the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI), the Conflict Minerals Reporting Template and the Responsible Minerals Assurance Process). These efforts are important elements of our work to affirm that 3TG in our supply chain originates from conflict-free 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, please visit the RMI Web site.