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Conflict Minerals

Conflict Minerals:

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has accused Apple of using conflict minerals.

  • The DRC accuses Apple of purchasing minerals that have been smuggled out of the country into neighbouring Rwanda.
  • These minerals are then integrated into Apple’s global technology supply chain, where their origin is allegedly obscured.
  • Conflict minerals, also known as “blood minerals,” are extracted from regions affected by armed conflict or human rights abuses.
  • These minerals play a significant role in funding violence and wars.
  • These minerals play a crucial role in various industries, including electronics, automotive, and renewable energy.
  • The DRC is rich in untapped reserves of precious metals and minerals.
  • The primary conflict minerals include: Tin , Tantalum, Tungsten, Gold.
  • These minerals are extracted from ores such as cassiterite (tin), columbite-tantalite (tantalum), and wolframite (tungsten).