Conflict Minerals Mining News

US Lithium to mine for copper, nickel, cobalt in Canada’s Saskatchewan

The Gochagar Lake project, until now property of Diamond Hunter, consists of four claims covering 3,759 hectares located in northern Saskatchewan.

New initiative aims to advance responsible sourcing of raw materials in technology supply chains

The EICC and CFSI Launch the Multi-Industry Responsible Raw Materials Initiative (RRMI).

Congo’s cobalt production set to soar despite claims of child labour

Last year, the country's cobalt production accounted for just over half of the world's output.

Kimberley Process chairman wants UN involvement in supervising global diamond trade

Ahmed bin Sulayem says a well-structured permanent body able to take over the work currently done by volunteers is urgently needed.

Diamond exports ban lifted from Central African Republic

Decision comes three years after the country’s gems were found to be funding armed groups in an inter-religious conflict and placed under embargo.

Report highlights progress against child labour in mining in Congo

International development nonprofit Pact released Friday a report detailing the progress of efforts to address child labour in mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Apple, Sony, Samsung linked to child labour claims in cobalt mines

Consumer products sold across the globe could contain traces of the metal produced by informal Congolese mines, who employ children as young as seven, says Amnesty International.

CFSI releases new conflict minerals reporting template

The Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative announced Friday it has published its new Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT 4.0). The leading multi-industry tool to facilitate transfer of information throughout the supply chain in support of conflict-free sourcing, CMRT 4.0 includes an updated Standard Smelter List and numerous translation improvements.

SEC tells Oxfam revision of Dodd-Frank rule on mining payments ‘not possible’ yet

The SEC said a rule requiring energy and mining companies to disclose payments to governments for the extraction of natural resources won't come until —at least— spring 2016.

Apple ‘deeply offended’ by BBC documentary on its suppliers exploiting children

The investigative reporting piece exposed extremely poor working conditions in factories making Apple products in China and Indonesia.

INFOGRAPHIC: How to ensure your diamond is conflict free

Jeff Gear, the owner of Gear Jewellers Dublin, submitted this infographic that explores the realities of the blood diamond industry.

Blood diamonds still at Central African mining sector’s heart

A year after an export ban on raw gems in the country, reports show its diamonds are being sold to traders from Sudan to Belgium.

Ghana’s new law could end illegal mining

The revised regulation will empower courts to confiscate equipment seized from illicit miners.

Congo mines no longer controlled by warlords and militia —report

Tin, tantalum and tungsten mines used to generate $185 million a year for armed groups. Now, about two-thirds of those operations are part of peaceful supply chains, study shows.

'Blood diamond' monitoring to remain focus on conflict-torn regions

The newly elected president of the World Diamond Council is not in favour of expanding the scope of the Kimberley Process scheme beyond conflict zones.

Stakeholders applaud as first round of SEC conflict minerals reports filed

A coalition of NGOs and sustainable and responsible investors has released a list of criteria to assist in evaluating the reports.

Most US companies ‘unsure’ of whether they use conflict minerals in their products

First reports submitted to the US and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) seem vague.

US firms unprepared for upcoming conflict minerals rule enforcement

A PwC survey shows that only 4% of the 700 companies polled across 15 industries said they have completed a draft of their SEC conflict minerals filings.

Ivory Coast wants UN diamond export ban lifted

Government says diamond trade is no longer a threat to fuel instability as civil war has ended and the Kimberley Process has backed the lifting of the embargo.

Money laundering, terrorism financing diamond trade in India, Israel, Belgium, Canada and the US — report

Global diamond trade is being used to launder illegal funds worth millions of dollars, claims polemic study.

EU prepares scheme to stem use of conflict minerals — report

Proposal includes gold, tungsten, tantalum and tin, with the hope of force importers to classify those metals as coming from areas free of conflict.

IT giant Intel takes the conflict mineral bull by the horns

From now on every microprocessor the company uses will be made entirely with conflict-free minerals.

China and Ghana to work harder on tackling illegal mining

Last year Ghana arrested and deported almost two hundred Chinese illegally mining gold in the country.

The new EITI’s requirements and power firms: the case of SNEL in DRC

One of the most innovative highlights of the new EITI’s requirements is the addition of detailed and reliable data, from extractive industries companies and governments, presented comprehensively.

VIDEO: From production to disposal—What's the life of a smart phone actually like?

If you are reading this on a tabloid or a smartphone, then you are likely holding bits of so-called “conflict minerals,” mostly used in the manufacturing of mobile phones, tablets and laptops.