Responsible minerals

Learn how IBM achieves an ethical, socially responsible and sustainable supply chain with responsible minerals sourcing

Committed to ethical and responsible sourcing

IBM® is committed to achieving an ethical, socially responsible and sustainable supply chain. We do business with companies that share our commitment and encourage them to manage and report their social and environmental objectives. To achieve our objective, we focus on:

  • Collaborating with stakeholders worldwide to advance these values and enhance transparency in global supply chains.
  • Investing in responsible sourcing of tantalum, tin, tungsten, gold (3TG) and cobalt used in IBM’s products and collaborating to improve minerals sourcing and transparency.
  • Acknowledging any adverse impacts in mineral sourcing, we implement robust policies, industry best practices and maintain active engagement with our suppliers to continuously improve our supply chain.


We accept our responsibilities as a corporate citizen in community, national and world affairs; we serve our interests best when we serve the public interest... We want to be at the forefront of those companies which are working to make our world a better place. IBM CEO Thomas J. Watson Jr., 1969
Responsible minerals sourcing
Since the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform ActI of 2010 (section 1502), IBM is committed to preventing the use of 3TG sources supporting armed groups in Congo and adjoining countries and has extended its due diligence to include minerals from other conflict-affected and high-risk areas (CAHRAs). IBM follows the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) Due Diligence Guidance for conflict-affected areas, participates in initiatives such as Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI), Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT), Cobalt Reporting Template (CRT), and Responsible Minerals Assurance Process (RMAP) and works with hardware suppliers to maintain a conflict-free supply chain of minerals. Download the responsible minerals policy
At IBM, we expect our
hardware suppliers to:


Create a policy for responsible mineral sourcing consistent that aligns with Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) Guidance, including risk mitigation startegies in Annex II risk mitigation.


Support IBM's objective of a mineral supply chain that is a conflict-free mineral supply chain, not sourced from conflict-affected and high-risk areas or areas that support armed groups in Congo and neighboring areas. 


Source from validated SORs, with accredited audits such as: RMAP, London Bullion Market Association (LBMA), Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), or the Tungsten Industry – Conflict Minerals Council (TI-CMC).


Support IBM's commitment to the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) code of conduct to align ethical, socially responsible and sustainable business practices within the supply chain.


Establish appropiate management systems within the organization to effectively manage all aspects of ethical mineral sourcing activities. 


Cascade these sourcing requirements to upstream suppliers in the supply chain to maintain responsible mineral sourcing. 


Report the status to IBM twice a year using the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT) and CRT.

Resources Deployment and reporting

Explore how IBM requires all in-scope suppliers to use 100% Conformant or Active smelters (RMAP, LBMA, RJC, and TI-CMC) or 100% (verified) recyclers.

Read about the lastest CMR and get the reports
Innovation and technology

Explore IBM breakthroughs in the development of cobalt-and-nickel-free batter designs, demonstrating commitment to responsible mineral sourcing. 

Read how IBM researchers developed a cobalt-and nickel-free battery that relies on an iodine-based cathode. Learn about Responsible Sourcing Blockchain Network (RSBN), built on IBM blockchain platform
Education and News

Discover how IBM is striving to make our world a better place through learning, sharing, and collaborating with companies across the globe.

Download responsible mineral’s education materials Explore IBM's Journey in responsible minerals sourcing
Responsible sourcing news Cision PR newswire

FCA joins the Responsible Sourcing Blockchain Network (RSBN) to help build a more ethical electric vehicle supply chain.

Supply Chain Drive

Ford and IBM team up to track cobalt with blockchain.


Glencore joins the Responsible Sourcing Blockchain Network.

Nornickel joins blockchain network for responsible minerals sourcing.

The Sentry

Are companies sourcing from conflict-free refiners and smelters?

Conflict Minerals Reports (CMR)
Take the next step

Explore IBM’s due diligence processes by reading our latest Conflict Minerals Report (CMR) or contact us at for more information.


View IBM's responsible minerals policy