In the middle of July 2014, Fairphone team members went on a research trip to visit tin, tantalum, and tungsten mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda.
Besides experiencing the mines firsthand, our goal was to get a more thorough understanding of the route a mineral takes from mine to component and to explore our next steps in adding value throughout the mineral supply chain. To do so, we needed to meet the stakeholders involved and grasp the challenges they are facing. Our visit also provided an opportunity to record what we saw and offer more insight into the mining methods and processes. Read the full blog: fairphone.com/2014/10/02/research-trip-visiting-tin-tantalum-and-tungsten-mines/