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This report focuses on how addressing concerns about conflict minerals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a topic of increasing scrutiny, creates a unique opportunity for companies to tackle related concerns in their supply chains, while also supporting local economic development.
BSR is exploring how companies can move beyond supply chain traceability of conflict minerals to support local development in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.
In the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where armed conflict has claimed more than 5.4 million lives over the past 15 years, militant groups controlling most of the region's mines use the trade in tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold as important sources of funding. At the same time, this trade—which feeds into complex supply chains for products ranging from cell phones and cutting tools to jet engines and jewelry—is an important source of income for a million people in the region.