22 Nov '11, 3pm

Conflict Minerals in Everyday Electronics

Conflict Minerals in Everyday Electronics

Tweet Most of the electronics we use everyday, such as laptops, cell phones and DVD players, are manufactured with tantalum, tungsten and gold, AKA “conflict minerals.” When these minerals are mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) it’s often through forced or child labor. Praxis Mutual Funds and Everence Financial launched an email campaign last week which calls on electronics manufacturers and retailers to “pursue ways to end the conflict minerals industry.” The campaign invites customers of the four major cell phone providers (AT&T, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile and Verizon) to email the companies and express their concern over the use of conflict minerals in their cell phones. “The illicit trade of conflict minerals in the Democratic Republic of Congo supports armed groups and perpetuates cycles of death, rape and violence,” the email states. “As a top mobile networ...

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