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More Henkel Corporate Reporting 2014
One example of a risk market is the purchasing of raw materials for soldering pastes and similar products for the electronics industry. These contain metals – mainly silver, copper and tin – to make them electrically conductive. In some countries, the mining of cassiterite (the main source of tin) is often associated with military conflicts and human rights violations. In recent years, we have repeatedly reviewed our direct suppliers of metals and requested them to supply documentary evidence that they do not obtain or process metals from critical regions. Henkel is also a member of the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (cfsi), which was founded by members of the global electronics industry. Its aim is to ensure conflict-free supply chains for minerals. To this end, the cfsi organizes independent audits by third parties, which are conducted according to the stringent requirements of the electronics industry.