Conflict Minerals and the Democratic Republic of Congo: Responsible Action in Supply Chains, Government Engagement and Capacity Building
Written by Marshall Chase
This report was originally written to provide background information and resources for participants in the multi-stakeholder Democratic Republic of Congo Conflict Minerals Forum, held May 12-13 in Washington, DC, and has been updated to reflect learnings from that forum. The Forum was jointly convened by BSR and the Responsible Sourcing Network, a project of As You Sow. Both the report and Forum were made possible by a grant from the GE Foundation.
The Conflict Minerals Forum has grown out of two concurrent efforts. In October 2009, Dell, HP, Intel, Motorola and Philips sponsored a BSR-hosted meeting of industry representatives and stakeholders to develop wider industry support and alignment on conflict minerals issues. Shortly thereafter, the Responsible Sourcing Network initiated monthly multi-stakeholder calls focused on DRC conflict minerals, which continue to provide a venue for participants to discuss ongoing efforts, learnings, and opportunities for engagement.
This report is based on literature review and resources provided by organizations engaged in raising awareness and addressing concerns about conflict minerals, as well as information shared at the DRC Conflict Minerals Forum. It has a particular focus on identifying opportunities for company involvement in addressing DRC conflict minerals issues.
View the report here.