Where's Your Money Really Going?
For more than 15 years, a savage war has raged in the Democratic Republic of Congo, killing more than 5.4 million people in a conflict funded in large part by the country’s rich store of mineral resources, like cassiterite (tin ore), coltan (tantalum ore), wolframite (tungsten ore) and gold. “Every time we use a cell phone or a computer, minerals that may have been sourced from eastern Congo's deadly war zone are at work,” said Sasha Lezhnev, a senior policy analyst with the Enough Project. “When we send a text message, it's tantalum. When we turn on our computer, all four conflict minerals are firing up, from gold to tin to tungsten to tantalum.” For years, groups like The Enough Project and Global Witness have worked to bring about awareness of the conflict mineral trade. In 2010, they won a victory when President Barack Obama signed the Dodd-Frank financial reform act into law. Among other things, Section 1502 of Dodd-Frank made it mandatory for companies to disclose the existence of conflict minerals in their supply chain. 5 Sustainable Brands You Never Knew Were Owned By Big Corporations 5 Ways to Save Money in a Beer Boom