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.

Read about customer iTSCi

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

  • The role of technology in supply chains with conflict minerals mars 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 février 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’.
  • OECD due diligence for conflict minerals in the supply chain février 12, 2018
    Laptops, tablets and mobile devices all contain precious minerals such as tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold. These minerals are often sourced in countries where armed conflicts take place. As the mines are often in the hands of armed groups who buy weapons with the earnings, the local community does not benefit from the high value […]

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