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Sustainalytics examines the issue of conflict minerals in the technology hardware supply chain in the report Complicity in the Congo: Investor Risk in the Minerals Supply Chain.
Sustainalytics' Azadeh Sabour and Matthew Barg shared their perspectives on the controversial social issue of conflict minerals in the technology hardware supply chain. Technology hardware companies are facing a challenge to their reputations as good corporate citizens. As consumer appetites for the latest technological devices increase, the demand for key metals such as tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold also increases. This trend clearly improves the bottom line for companies and their shareholders; however, there is an argument that it also increases the war chests of combatants in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). And these combatants are committing horrific human rights atrocities, such as the enslavement of child and slave labour, and the mass rape and torture of women and girls. In the last 15 years, studies have found that millions of people in the DRC have died from conflict-related causes.
Webinar Recording: Complicity in the Congo: Investor Risk in the Minerals Supply Chain
Slides only (.pdf)
Photo Courtesy of Sasha Lezhnev – Enough Project