Apple iPhone and Congolese ‘blood minerals’
By Rowena Mason | The Telegraph
Global Witness, the international conflict observer, reports that rebels, militias and army units have hijacked the trade in mineral ores from the eastern Congo. The civilian population has been subject to massacres, forced labour and recruitment of child soldiers.
And it also points out that large international companies are complicit in the trade by buying the minerals, usually after they have been sent through smelters in Malaysia and Rwanda.
In the United States that is all about to change. A little-noticed clause in the new Dodd-Frank financial services bill will make it increasingly difficult for US companies to source their rare minerals from the Congo.
Companies from Hewlett-Packard to Intel will now be required to trace exactly where they got their minerals from and publish a detailed explanation if they are trading with suspect areas in the eastern Congo region. [Lire la suite]