EMC Policy on
EMC supports and respects the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights for all, including the basic human rights of our employees and workers within our supply chain. We believe in treating people with respect and dignity, and incorporate these principles into our business processes and relationships. EMC also expects our suppliers to adhere to the same high standards. (For more information, see EMC’s Human Rights and Global Labor Principles and Supplier Code of Conduct).
As part of our global approach to the protection of human rights, EMC is committed to the ethical sourcing of minerals used in our products. We are assessing whether our products contain tantalum, tin, tungsten or gold derived from ores mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and adjoining countries. These minerals are commonly used in electronics and other products. Some of the mining operations in the DRC are controlled by warring militias who are financing armed conflict with profits from the sale of these minerals. This on-going conflict has been linked to human rights violations, labor abuses, and environmental degradation.
It is EMC's goal not to purchase product materials containing minerals whose sale financed armed conflict in the DRC. The global supply chain for these minerals is complex, and tracing the minerals in our products to their source is a challenge. EMC is working diligently with our suppliers and other stakeholders to improve and systematically address the process for sourcing minerals that are "conflict-free." However, we believe being “DRC Conflict-Free” should not mean “DRC-Free”. We intend to support responsible sourcing from the DRC and adjoining countries in order to support peaceful economic activity in the region.
Recognizing the complexity of the issue, EMC appreciates the need for broad collaboration to reach our objectives. We are actively engaged in this process. For example, we are collaborating with the EICC-GeSI Extractives workgroup to develop programs for the responsible sourcing of minerals, and expanding training and education of our supply chain. In addition, consistent with our Supplier Code of Conduct, we expect our suppliers (and their suppliers) to exercise due diligence on the source and chain of custody of the tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold used in components or products they supply to us. Based upon information learned through the due diligence efforts, we believe we will make important progress toward ensuring responsible mineral sourcing and improved transparency throughout the supply chain.