Conflict Minerals – Complexity and dilemmas in the Supply Chain Management

19/11/2010 / Kaj

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In earlier blogs I have raised the complexity regarding Sustainable development and strategies for leaders. One issue that is just on the way to the top of the agenda for businesses is Conflict Minerals.

The IT sector that produces things such as mobile phones, video games and laptops or scientists and manufacturers who develop solar energy or fuel cells applications that will use minerals (tin, tantalum, tungsten, titanium and other minerals)  that could come from conflicting regions in Africa.

Companies selling or producing products that cut  of energy and use minerals should make sure they are not sourcing from conflict areas.  The IT sector is in the forefront of innovation. The stakeholder dialogues are important before consumers raise ethical issues and create problems for the business brand.

The US has created a new legislation regarding Conflict Minerals.  This will probably trigger an increasing debate at global level. The discussions in the UN are ongoing and governments and stakeholders may become an active and a driving force for national and international based legislation.

My advice to business leaders is:

If you have not yet looked at this issue then it is time to do so.

Best regards

Kaj Embren

PS
The 17th of November at the Globe Forum Dublin conference involving, the IT-sector, entreprenurs, politiciens academics and NGO:s Margot Wallströms, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict addressed her worries about Conflict Minerals.

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