Global Witness report on companies' due diligence in supply chain for "conflict" minerals from Dem. Rep. of Congo

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8 July 2010

A guide for companies: Do no harm: Excluding conflict minerals from the supply chain

Author: Global Witness

Nobody forces companies to purchase minerals or metals mined in war zones…a key message to companies…is that if they choose to use metals originating from eastern DRC they have a responsibility to demonstrate – by doing due diligence – that their activities are not causing harm…Where companies undertaking due diligence encounter obstacles, for example in gaining safe access to certain mine sites, this is a signal that they need to change their sourcing practices, not that doing due diligence is too difficult. [refers to Afrimex, Apple, Dell, HP, Intel, Nokia]

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8 July 2010

Do No Harm: A guide for companies sourcing from the DRC

Author: Global Witness

Rebels, militias and army units have hijacked the trade in mineral ores from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), while subjecting the civilian population to massacres, rape, extortion, forced labour and forced recruitment of child soldiers. Congo's ‘conflict minerals' are laundered into the global supply chain…The metals are then used in a wide range of products, including consumer electronic goods…Some of the world's most famous brands are now coming under scrutiny to address their role in this devastating trade…Despite the mounting pressure on companies that use minerals and metals to carry out due diligence, few are actually doing this…This paper argues that the due diligence…consists of:...A conflict minerals policy…Supply chain risk assessments…Remedial action to deal with any problems identified…Independent third party audits of their due diligence measures…Public reporting…

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