The conflict in eastern Congo – the deadliest since World War II – is fueled in significant part by a multi-million dollar trade in minerals. Armed groups generate an estimated $144 million each year by trading four main minerals: the ores that produce the metals tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold. These minerals eventually wind up in electronic devices we use every day, such as cell phones, portable music players, and computers, including those sold here in the United States. Given the lack of a transparent minerals supply chain, American consumers may be unwittingly financing armed groups that regularly commit atrocities and mass rape.
Urge the biggest buyers of Congolese minerals — major electronics companies — to sign on to the Conflict Minerals Pledge and ensure consumers that their products are conflict free. Fill out the form below to send an email to the 21 biggest electronics companies and e-mail us if you receive any responses.
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To Whom It May Concern:
The conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the deadliest war in the world since World War II, is being fueled by a multi-million dollar trade in minerals used in your products: tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold.As a company that uses these minerals in your products, you have an obligation to ensure that you are not helping finance armed groups or contributing to human rights abuses and crimes against humanity along the supply chain.
More than five million people have died in eastern Congo thus far, hundreds of thousands of women have been raped, and the violence worsens every day. To make certain that your company is not in any way financing this violence, I urge you to sign the Conflict Minerals Pledge and commit to ensuring that your products will be conflict free. In support of this goal, you should commit to the following steps:
1. Trace the supply chain for all tin, tantalum, tungsten, or gold in their products to verify their mines of origin; and
2. Conduct independently verifiable supply chain audits to document the routes taken, intermediaries involved, and transactions made from mine of origin to final product.
Like many of your customers, I want to know for sure that my electronics products are not helping fund violence in Congo.
Thank you for your time.