The Democratic Republic of Congo is rich in natural resources and minerals from its mines are used in electronic products like mobile phones. Unfortunately, some of these minerals have funded conflict and human rights abuses rather than benefiting the civilian population, leaving the country one of the poorest in the world.
The telecoms industry has been working to cut out these ‘conflict minerals’ from their products for several years. Many big suppliers have made progress in cleaning up their supply chains, although none are yet able to say their products are ‘conflict free’. Continued support for these efforts from telecoms professionals can help the move towards a conflict free industry that benefits people in Congo.