Responsible sourcing from conflict areas

Becoming a vehicle for change in the regions that need it most

We’ve set up four traceable supply chains in areas of need to source minerals from conflict-free or Fairtrade mines.

The challenge

The Dodd-Frank Act was passed to help ensure that electronics manufacturers aren’t financing conflict. It requires publicly traded companies to report whether they use tin, tantalum, tungsten or gold from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and surrounding countries. As an unintended consequence, many companies completely stopped sourcing from this region.

Our approach

Instead of turning away from regions with a high risk of conflict, we want to do business in areas where we can have the greatest impact. To support economic development and encourage responsible mining practices in the DRC and beyond, we’re partnering with a variety of initiatives to set up transparent supply chains for the essential minerals used in our phones.

Besides the DRC, other regions also face huge social and environmental costs because of tin extraction. Banka Belitung in Indonesia, is one of such examples where tin mining has devastating consequences. If more sustainable tin from Banka becomes available as a result of the current work by the Indonesian tin working group, Fairphone will make a serious effort to include this tin in its supply chain.



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