The minerals TIN, TANTALUM, TUNGSTEN and GOLD (also referred to as “3TG”) are considered “conflict minerals” because they are often mined in conditions of armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and surrounding countries.
Conflict minerals provide a major source of funding for warlords in the DRC region, fueling the violence that has plagued the region for decades.
These armed groups use violence to intimidate local populations and maintain control of mines, where workers endure extreme conditions with little or no pay. The atrocities in the region have created a massive humanitarian crisis and a death toll of 5.5 million that grows by the day.
Conflict minerals are used in a wide range of products including mobile phones, computers, jewelry and vehicles.
Audio equipment, climate control, sensors, wiper system, seatbelts and fuel pump to name only a few.
Fuel tank, sealants, wiring, radiator, even the seat cushions.
On board electronics and fuel cells.
Circuits, gear teeth and bearing components.
That’s why automakers (also referred to as Original Equipment Manufacturers or OEMs) and their supply chain partners work together to make sure global vehicle production doesn’t support warlords or further the conflict in the DRC.
No one company in the global supply chain bears the responsibility alone. OEMs and suppliers in numerous industries—
automotive, aerospace, heavy equipment, electronics and more—
must work together to efficiently address the conflict minerals challenge.