Bas’ Trip to DR Congo with Conflict-Free Tin Initiative

Fair Materials

I’ve just returned from a 8-day trip to DRC with a delegation from the Conflict-Free Tin Initiative! I have a lot of pictures and stories to tell, but there’s so much going on at FairPhone HQ (Barcelona Mobile World Congress next week), so for now I’ll leave you with a few things to look over in the meantime.

You can see a sneak peek selection here of photos I took where you’ll see mines where cassiterite is extracted. This will be turned into the tin that will go into your phone this year! I also want to share a short video with you from Jaime Bourbon-Parma, Special Envoy Natural Resources (Netherlands) who talks about what the Conflict-Free Tin Initiative hopes to do:

Create demand for conflict-free tin from Eastern Congo and thereby create a prospect for economic development and regional stability.

The Initiative introduces a tightly controlled conflict-free supply chain outside the control of armed groups. I hope that tides you over before my full report back next week.

Share this post

Related posts See all posts

  • New EU conflict mineral legislation: another step towards industry-wide change

    Last week Thursday, Members of the European Parliament voted with a great majority for the new legislation on the responsible sourcing of four conflict minerals: tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold. Because this topic is at the heart of our goals, I wanted to briefly look at the new law, its wider implications and what it […]

    Read more
  • Fairer materials – a list of the 10 we’re focusing on

    Because we want to change the way products are made, one of our principal aims is to support fair materials and incorporate them into our smartphones. However, mobile phones contain hundreds of different materials, combining more than 40 elements in fact (about one-third of the existing elements in the periodic table) and because it’s impossible […]

    Read more