New conflict-free tin initiative announced

Tin market participants have announced plans to begin a new conflict-free sourcing programme for the metal in South Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), at a meeting convened by the Dutch government in Brussels.

The meeting took place during the Global e-Sustainability (GeSI) and Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) conflict-free minerals workshop on Tuesday September 18. The Conflict-Free Tin Initiative, as the programme will be known, aims to introduce a strictly controlled conflict-free supply chain, outside the control of armed groups in the DRC. Armed groups in the eastern part of the DRC are understood to control or tax minerals trade as a way to bring in revenue. The scheme is also...


Claire Hack

September 19, 2012

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