We've asked Jaime de Bourbon Parme, Special Envoy Natural Resources, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands, to explain the Conflict-Free Tin Initiative (CFTI).
More information on CFTI you can find on: solutions-network.org/site-cfti/
FairPhone joined the CFTI delegation visiting the tin mine in Eastern Congo. We will be using the conflict free tin for soldering the phone’s components at the assembly stage.
Mobile phones contain more than thirty different kinds of minerals and metals, from copper and cobalt to gold and tin. Some of these minerals, like tin, also come from Eastern Congo, an area struck by some severe internal conflicts. Frequently, they’re being sold by war lords, which contributes to the this horrifying internal conflict. Therefore these minerals are referred to as conflict minerals.
The Conflict-Free Tin Initiative (CFTI) aims to create demand for conflict-free tin from this region and thereby creating a prospect for economic development and regional stability. The Initiative introduces a tightly controlled conflict-free supply chain outside the control of armed groups.
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