Cell Phones, Conflict-Free Minerals, and You

child at mine photo

Children as young as 12 work in the mines. Child labor is widespread in eastern Congo because of the effects of poverty and conflict.
Photo: Mark Craemer; Captions by David Sullivan at The Enough Project

What does your cell phone have in common with miners in Africa? The answer: conflict minerals. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, miners – including children – are forced to work through the use of rape and violence. The reason for the oppression: the extraction of conflict minerals (particularly tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold), essential in the manufacturing of our most common electronic devices, including cell phones.

Are they receiving your signal? As cell phone owners, we have the opportunity to voice our concerns about the human impact of the metals used in our products.

Take Action and Learn more at Everence Investments: Calling for Conflict-Free Cell Phones


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