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Latest update of company responses to the makeITfair List of Principles

In 2007, makeITfair reported that the electronics industry utilises a significant proportion of the global supply of metals, part of which is mined under harsh conditions in developing countries. The majority of electronics companies were unaware of their importance as metal consumers. makeITfair asked the companies to take responsibility for their supply chain, including the extraction of the metals. makeITfair posted their first overview in July 2008 and will continue to provide regular updates on the initiatives and actions taken by the electronics companies. In February 2009 makeITfair sent a questionnaire to the companies to get an update on the state of affairs. Some big developments have emerged since the last overview.

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Company responses to the makeITfair list of principles

In January 2008, makeITfair held an international roundtable on the basis of three research reports dealing with CSR issues in the extractive phase of consumer electronics. At this roundtable, the research results were presented to seven of the electronics companies, as well as representatives of the EICC and GeSI. After this roundtable, makeITfair developed its List of Principles, in coordination with a number of NGO’s and initiatives that deal specifically with mining issues. The List of Principles was sent to all major electronic brand companies, with the request to issue a public response on how they would take up these recommendations into their CSR and business approach.
makeITfair received a response from the following seventeen companies: Dell, IBM, Microsoft, Apple, Fujitsu Siemens, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Motorola, Nintendo, Nokia, Philips, Samsung, Sony, Sony Ericsson, ST, TomTom and Toshiba.

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