conflict-free mining in Eastern Congo

Toby Binder


Democratic Republic of the Congo

Mineral-Trade in eastern Congo has been singled out as a source of finance for armed conflict. An initiative made up of the industry, NGOs, international and national government organisations, has launched a pilot project, that is set to break up that link. The Dutch social enterprise „Fairphone“ wants to use the tin in its first telephone from there, Motorola and other big players in the industry are also taking part. While the main objective is to guarantee that the tinore is produced „conflict-free“, working conditions remain an issue.

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