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The PPA is a multi sector and multi stakeholder initiative that supports supply chain solutions to conflict minerals challenges in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Great Lakes Region of Central Africa. Managing Risks to Women in Supply Chains January 20, 2021
Congos Mining Minister passed a decree in 2012 making it a requirement for all mining and mineral trading companies operating in the country to meet OECD due diligence standards, the international framework for conflict free mineral sourcing.
Conflict Minerals in the Democratic Republic of Congo The economic, social, and environmental impacts created by conflict minerals in the DRC illustrate the adverse impacts of corporate social irresponsibility. By Jay Silveratus ｜Updated April 29, 2020. Photo: Sergey Mayorov, 123RF
A new wave of hope, however, may be rising as the positive impacts of a provision in the United States 2010s DoddFrank Act, requiring businesses to publicly disclose any use of conflict minerals originating in the DRC or an adjoining country, come to light. If you own an electronic device, you own minerals that were mined in the DRC.
Congos conflict minerals problem is complex, but the roadmap to a solution exists. The four key parts of this strategy a transparent supply chain, securing mine sites, improved governance of mining and trade, and improved livelihood options for miners are all realistic policy goals.
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In particular, the government is worried that two bills in the US Congress will lead big companies to boycott Congolese minerals. Kasongo flew to Washington to reassure congressmen that the government is taking this very serious. Among the plans the government has is to use drones to take high quality pictures of mining sites in the eastern Congo.
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