The services and products procured by KPN are divided into the following procurement categories:
KPN has selected approximately 25 strategic suppliers, 650 preferred suppliers and 8000 other suppliers. Around 85% of the total procurement volume is placed with strategic and preferred suppliers.
One of the dilemmas faced by our sector is how to deal with ‘conflict minerals’ that are used in the manufacture of ICT equipment. We do not want to use conflict minerals in our mobile phones, but we are still trying to decide exactly how and where to take action. This is a complex issue involving many interests, and we are a small user of these minerals in global terms. This does not discharge us from our responsibility, however. Areas in which conflict minerals, such as tin, tantalum (coltan), gold and wolfram, are extracted include war zones in the Congo. Some of the revenue reaches warring parties in these areas. Together with other international ICT companies that are members of the EICC and GeSI organizations, KPN supports initiatives to prevent human rights violations and the financing of armed conflicts by mineral extraction. A mineral mapping program, which can show systematically the origin of minerals, is currently being drawn up in cooperation with social organizations. KPN can also make use of this program when it has been finalized, thereby responding to the call made by MakeITfair, an organization which is campaigning for the ICT sector to be more transparent about the origin of minerals.