Primer

Getting “Conflict Minerals” Out of Our Products

While “blood diamonds” get attention, mining of metals like tin and tungsten helps finance civil wars. Here’s a look at the movement to change that.

In this all-too-common scenario, do the customers know what’s going on behind the scenes? Increasingly, yes, and they are moving to source their metals responsibly.

A “conflict resource” is any natural resource extracted in a conflict zone and sold to finance the fighting. The 2006 thriller “Blood Diamond” dramatized the role of diamonds mined in Sierra Leone under such conditions.

Published April 20, 2015