Atlas IT Conflict Minerals Statement
Conflict minerals are minerals mined in conditions of armed conflict and human rights abuses which are sold or traded by armed groups. This has for some years been a particular problem in the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo).
The DRC’s mineral wealth is enormous. It is estimated that the country contains between 65-80% of the world’s columbite-tantalite (coltan) reserves, 49% of its cobalt reserves, and 3% of its copper reserves. Gold and diamond deposits remain under explored. Conflict minerals in the DRC are generally defined as cassiterite (tin), coltan (tantalum), wolframite (tungsten) and gold, or derivatives of these minerals. Sometimes these minerals are referred to as the ‘three Ts’ - tin, tantalum and tungsten (and gold).
|Cassiterite||Ore from which tin is extracted||Plating and solders for joining pipes and electronic circuits|
|Columbite-tantalite||Ore from which tantalum is extracted||Electrical components (including those used in mobile phones, computers, videogame consoles), aircraft and surgical components|
|Gold||Rare metal found in a native (pure) form and obtained as a by-product of other mining operations||Jewellery, electronics, communications and aerospace equipment|
|Wolframite||Ore from which tungsten is extracted||Metal wires, electrodes and contacts in lighting, electronic equipment, heating and welding applications|
Atlas IT supports the ending of violence and human rights violations in the mining of minerals from the area known as the “Conflict Region” in the east of the DRC and surrounding countries. We ask all manufacturers to provide us with statements detailing their efforts to eradicate or reduce the use of conflict minerals in their products.
While Atlas IT cannot guarantee that the products we sell do not contain conflict minerals, we do not condone their use and urge all manufacturers to continue their efforts to make all their products conflict free.
The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights make clear, all companies have an important role to play in respecting human rights through responsible operations and respecting all relevant national and international laws and standards.