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Solutions for Hope Project

Solutions for Hope Project

In 2012 Global Advanced Metals joined the Solutions for Hope Project with components' manufacturer AVX Corporation () and leading Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) such as Motorola Solutions, Intel, RIM, Nokia and HP to source conflict-free tantalum material from the DRC.

This project was the first in any industry to validate a closed-pipe process for tantalum mining, trading and processing. It covered the full gamut of supply chain participants (i.e., miner/trader, processor, capacitors maker and manufacturers of end-users' products) and ensured that tantalum minerals in effected products were conflict-free in accordance with the principles of Section 1502 of the US Dodd-Frank Act and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas.

This closed-pipe process focused on tantalum ore from the Mai Baridi/Luba mine in the Katanga province of the DRC. Mai Baridi/Luba used the ITRI Tin Supply Chain Initiative's (iTSCi) "bag and tag" scheme, which subjects all tantalum ore set for export to a final-stage independent on-the-ground assessment. The material was mined and traded in adherence to the audit protocol of the Conflict Free Smelter Program-CFSP (now knowns as the Responsible Minerals Assurance Program-RMAP).

In December 2010, Global Advanced Metal's (GAM) tantalum processing plants in the USA and Japan were the first, of any metal type, to be audited and declared "Conflict Free" by the CFSP of the Conflict Free Sourcing Initiative-CFSI  (now known as the Responsible Minerals Initiative-RMI).  In mid-2012, the first shipment of validated conflict-free tantalite ore mined from the Mai Baridi/Luba mine was processed at GAM's Boyertown site.

The Solutions for Hope Project was a proof of concept. It gave evidence that supply chain participants can conjugate their efforts to enable market access to ethically sourced and traded tantalum material while complying with applicable regulations.

Solutions for Hope - Artisanal mining Mai Baridi