Conflict minerals

Producers of electronics, jewellery and the automotive industry are under growing pressure to address the issue of conflict minerals in their supply chain, also known as 3TG minerals. Regulations, such as the Dodd-Frank act, and scrutiny from stakeholders and consumers are also increasing, raising the need for industry to act both ethically and transparently.

Technology is part of the solution

ChainPoint believes that software and technology is part of the solution to give companies insight in so they can reduce conflict minerals in their supply chain. With our flexible and scalable software we provide the perfect solution for this problem.

ChainPoint has years of experience in connecting supply chains all over the world in all kinds of commodities. This, together with our vast knowlegde on conflict minerals, makes ChainPoint the software provider you need.

What are conflict minerals?

“In politically unstable areas like the Democratic Republic of Congo, armed groups often use forced labour to mine minerals which they then sell to fund their activities, for example to buy weapons. These so-called ‘conflict minerals’ such as tin, tungsten and gold can be used in everyday products such as mobile phones and cars or in jewellery.”[source]

Download our solution paper

There are several steps you can take when you want to eliminate conflict minerals from your supply chain. In this solution paper we outline the definition of conflict minerals and how technology can help you.

Our use case

The iTSCi Programme uses ChainPoint software to track and trace tin from mines, processors and exporters in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda.

RSS Read our blog on conflict minerals

  • ChainPoint to attend E-scrap in New Orleans September 27, 2018
    This year, ChainPoint will attend E-scrap, the conference for leading experts in the field of electronics recycling. The conference is taking place in New Orleans, on 9-11 October. 
  • Responsible Mining Index launched August 3, 2018
    The Responsible Mining Foundation has launched The Responsible Mining Index. This index, funded by the Dutch and Swiss government, is a ranking for the 30 biggest mining companies in the world, where they are ranked on environmental, social, economic, and governance issues. 
  • The Dodd-Frank Act and conflict minerals April 11, 2018
    When discussing conflict minerals and regulations, you will probably hear about the Dodd-Frank Act and section 1502. What is this Act and how does it relate to conflict minerals?
  • ChainPoint on technology panel at OECD Forum April 10, 2018
    This year, ChainPoint will attend the 2018 Forum on responsible mineral supply chains that will take place from 17 till 20 April in Paris. ChainPoint's CEO Johan Zandbergen will be on the panel to discuss the use of technology on Wednesday April 18 at 14:15 in room CC1. 
  • The role of technology in supply chains with conflict minerals March 13, 2018
    In a world where many of us depend every day on our smartphones, tablets and laptops, it’s fair to say that there’s a huge reliance on minerals such as tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold (3TG). In some cases, minerals are sourced from conflict zones – so-called Conflict Minerals – where people, including children, are forced […]
  • Conflict minerals in supply chains February 28, 2018
    A modern-day household in the United States has 24 electronic devices such as mobile phones and laptops. All these devices contain precious minerals such as tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold. These four minerals are sometimes referred to as 3TG or ‘conflict minerals’.

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