Sony Ericsson's Statement on Conflict Minerals (Aug2011)

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Sony Ericsson is aware that concerns that mining activities in the DR Congo and neighbouring countries are fueling conflicts and human rights abuses by financing armed groups.

Sony Ericsson does not purchase raw materials of tantalum, tin, tungsten, gold or cobalt, but does buy components which may contain small amounts of these materials.

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Sony Ericsson's Statement on Conflict Minerals (Aug2011)

  1. 1. 6/174 60-LXE 110 1408 Lund, Sweden/ August 2011 Statement on Conflict Minerals Sony Ericsson is fully aware of concerns that mining activities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and its neighbouring countries are fuelling conflicts and human rights abuses by financing armed groups. We welcome any attention brought to this complicated matter and we support public actions to control illegally mined raw materials from Central Africa. It is important to point out that Sony Ericsson does not purchase raw materials such as tantalum, tin, tungsten, gold or cobalt directly, but components which may contain small amounts of these materials. We engage with suppliers whose components may contain the concerned materials originating from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) or its neighbouring countries. We have explicitly reminded them that Sony Ericsson does not accept components containing metals where child labour, violation of the basic human rights and/or illegal activities are taking place in any step of the value chain. Our suppliers have verified that they do not utilize such sources. Sony Ericsson initially adopted Ericsson’s Code of Conduct in 2001, and later developed its own guidance known as the Sony Ericsson Supplier Social Responsibility Code1. Sony Ericsson evaluates its suppliers for conformity with its Code and works closely with them to improve their policy standards. Sony Ericsson continuously works to increase knowledge, competence and trust in its supply chain. As a single company, our possibilities to influence the situation in DRC are limited. What is needed are common initiatives from international organizations, governing authorities, and industry. Sony Ericsson supports initiatives such as Global e- Sustainability Initiative (GeSI)2 and Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC)3. Particularly for extractives supply chain issues, Sony Ericsson participates in GeSI/EICC working groups to set standards and establish better controls for raw materials procurement. For any questions, please contact sustainability@sonyericsson.com For more information, please visit www.sonyericsson.com/sustainability1 http://www.sonyericsson.com/cws/corporate/company/sustainability/supply-chain#tab-12 http://www.gesi.org/3 http://www.eicc.info/Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications ABSE-221 88 Lund, Sweden Registered office: Lundwww.sonyericsson.com/sustainability V.A.T.No: SE556615665801sustainability@sonyericsson.com Reg No: 556615-6658

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