The Conflict-Free Smelters (CFS) Program of the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and Global E-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) seeks to end supply chain support for the sale of illicit minerals from Eastern DRC and the surrounding region. As smelters/refiners (smelters) build systems and demonstrate compliance with the provisions of the EICC-GeSI CFS Program, they may encounter transition or start-up costs associated with participation in the program. It is recognized that these costs may be most significant to small and medium smelting enterprises. The CFS Early-Adopters Fund is designed to offer smelters an extra incentive for early participation by helping to offset these transitional costs.
The goal of the CFS Early-Adopters Fund is to support responsible minerals sourcing and “conflict-free” compliance by encouraging smelters to participate in the CFS Program.