Global Witness Report Shows Laundering of Conflict Minerals

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Friday, May 13, 2022
Author: 
Jack Kennamer
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
5
Abstract: 

Global Witness issued a report on April 26, 2022, detailing possible violations of the International Tin Supply Chain Initiative (ITSCI).   ITSCI is a due diligence scheme that covers “3T minerals” (tantalum, tin, and tungsten) mined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and neighboring countries.  Its purpose is to monitor the sourcing of minerals in these countries, and to prevent “conflict minerals” from entering the secure supply chain.  According to the Global Witness report, conflict minerals are being laundered through ITSCI approved mines and traders operating in the African Great Lakes Region of the DRC and Rwanda.