Date of Graduation

Spring 5-20-2021

Document Access

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Degree Name

Master of Science in Environmental Management (MSEM)


College of Arts and Sciences


Environmental Management

First Advisor

Stephanie Siehr


“Peak mineral” is the new “peak oil”; resource shortages, human rights abuses, and environmental degradation highlight the urgent need to improve management practices in minerals sourcing. The electronics industry is one of the major consumers of minerals. Companies publicly disclose their minerals sourcing management practices in their corporate social responsibility reports. This research examines how companies in the electronics industry are managing and reporting on their minerals sourcing practices and is at the intersection of the fields of Sustainable Supply Chains Management (SSCM) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) reporting. This research recommends that the electronics industry take a more comprehensive approach to sustainable minerals sourcing by combining virgin raw material sourcing and recycled minerals sourcing. There is also a hyper-focus on conflict minerals (3TGs) in companies’ sustainable sourcing efforts. In reporting, disclosure should shift from only reporting company procedures and management strategies towards reporting the results and outcomes of these procedures in order to provide quantifiable data that allow for greater comparability of sustainability performance between companies. This study also provides environmental management and reporting recommendations to companies in the electronics industry to improve and manage their minerals sourcing practices.

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