Pursuit of Performance

2015 Conflict-Free Resolutions: Perspectives on the Year Ahead

Deb Miller Landau iQ Managing Editor
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Intel and its partners resolve to continue their pursuit of conflict-free manufacturing, products and advocacy.

Resolutions are all about recommitting to actions that will improve our lives. Whether it’s hitting the gym, deciding to eat less sugar or become more responsible shoppers, resolutions help us become aware of ourselves and our actions.

So far, 2015 seems to be about renewal, including an invigorated commitment to the pursuit of conflict-free. The support of this initiative is contagious — and the work done by everyone from student groups to industry leaders has helped create sustaining partnerships to ensure that the supply chain responsible for the products you care about is conflict-free.

We spoke with some of Intel’s key partners and other conflict-free advocates to see how they’re planning to maintain this momentum in 2015.

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Francesca Bessey, USC Student Activist, Conflict-Free Campus Initiative, the Enough Project

I resolve to… see “conflict-free” enter the vocabulary of ethical consumption, not just related to the electronics industry, but products in general, and supporting the incorporation of conversation about social responsibility into economics education. This shouldn’t be something you learn about later, in marketing class. Why hold back if we have the power to change lives right now?

Sasha Lezhnev, Associate Director, the Enough Project

I resolve to… demand that the makers of my smartphone, computer, and TV develop fully conflict-free products and support U.S. Special Envoy Russ Feingold as he supports MONUSCO and helps bring an end to the FDLR rebel group and facilitates the regional peace process.

John Prendergast, Founder, the Enough Project

I resolve to… encourage jewelry retailers to ensure the gold in their products is sourced responsibly from Congo and does not fund violent armed groups.

Annie Callaway, CFCI Program Coordinator, the Enough Project

I resolve to… speak with my family, friends, and elected officials, explaining how consumer actions can contribute to solutions, urging them to use available information, from the #CongoGold Jewelry Leaders Review, the Conflict Minerals Company Rankings, and resources from the Conflict-Free Campus Initiative to make informed purchasing decisions and encourage conflict-free policies.

I’ll contribute to the public conversation by posting information about consumer choices as they relate to conflict minerals & follow organizations on social media for updates on the Pursuit of Conflict Free such as @EnoughProject, @jworldwatch, @SourcingNetwork, @EICCoalition.

Omekongo Dibinga, Rapper/Author/Activist

I resolve to… do my best to make sure that I am not wearing war. I will become more educated on the products I choose to spend my money on, and be a continued voice for the voiceless and a face for the faceless Congolese communities affected by our use of conflict minerals. I resolve to more deeply amplify their voice and continually speak on the conflict mineral crisis because I know that if I stay silent, then I am also compliant.

Stephen D’Esposito, Director, RESOLVE

I resolve to… double down on Solutions for Hope, a program that helps community-based miners build capacity and commit to transparency, so that post-conflict regions can participate in conflict-free supply chains, and develop a database of all conflict-free mines. Information is power.

I’ll also put my money where my mouth is and upgrade my laptop, looking for the Conflict-Free seal.


Patricia Jurewicz, Director, Responsible Sourcing Network

I resolve to… investigate and report on the quality of companies’ conflict minerals disclosures to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in promoting transparency and accountability in supply chains.

I will encourage companies beyond the electronics industry to join the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI) and the Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG), and support the Audit Committee of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) in establishing credible mine audit systems and verifying an increased amount of conflict-free mines.

Vaughan Meyer, Board Member & Advocate, Jewish World Watch

I resolve to… support Congolese families and communities in sustaining their conflict-free status, maintaining their independence and gaining financial stability through Jewish World Watch. This summer, I visited a conflict-free tin mine in South Kivu, DRC, and was moved by the sense of ownership the miners, their children, and their communities felt, for the first time, over their own resources. To keep that conflict-free status in the long term, the miners must ensure that no children work in the mines — alternatives must exist to provide for their safety and their futures.

Naama Haviv, Associate Director, Jewish World Watch

I resolve to… purchase products created by companies that source their minerals responsibly, be vocal about my choices as a conflict-free consumer in my social circles, encourage companies to take a stance against conflict minerals, and to make my commitment known at stores.

Christina Miller, Co-Founder, Ethical Metalsmiths

I resolve to… advocate for jewelry that provides long-term benefits for the global community. To start, raise awareness among studio jewelers about the conflict-free gold efforts in Congo and other countries, as well as sharing the noteworthy activities of large U.S. jewelers, #CongoGold Jewelry Leaders Review, and of ambitious artisanal mining standards like Fairmined.

David Bouffard, Vice President, Signet Corporate Affairs

Signet resolves to… continue to support global organizations, such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), to ensure harmonization of standards and guidance across different sectors, industries, supply chains, countries to make it possible for our and others’ supply chains to find compliance easy and cost-effective.

As for Intel, as stated by CEO Brian Krzanich, we maintain our resolve to make all our products conflict-free in 2016.

Speak out and share your conflict-free New Years’ resolutions by tweeting @IntelInvolved and using the hashtag #conflictfree. From the checkout lines, to spreading awareness, to supporting organizations on various levels of the Pursuit, we should all work toward having a 2015 truly worth remembering.


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