Over the decades of booming technological progress industry developers have been facing the unpleasant picture of conflict sourcing. Demand creates supply but what is the price?
Natural resources have always been the most desired part of the planet’s treasures leading to the conflicts, slavery, wars. Conflict minerals are widely-used across the industries, electronics industry in particular.
Demand establishes a vicious cycle – conflict minerals trade constantly brings sources for the weapon purchase followed by the continuing violence against civilians.
Awareness is being improved though the past years with the industry moving towards “conflict-free” mining which, however, doesn’t necessarily means better working conditions or the end of children labor exploitation.
The problem of conflict mineral mining exists not only inside of the word “conflict”: solutions can be found in the field of responsible sourcing, holistic approach to recycling and alternative materials research. Increasing the Supply Chain transparency and thorough care of the human rights should be the main duty of the industry developers.
Interested to learn more? Visit our Conflict Minerals Supply Chain Compliance and Transparency Forum!