Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Conflict minerals

The University of Edinburgh has become the first higher education institution in the UK adopt a formal conflict minerals policy.

Read our March 2017 briefing ‘How can universities contribute to tackling conflict minerals?’ for insights into our approach.

 

What are Conflict Minerals?

 What are Conflict Minerals? Smart phone with minerals Gold, Tin, Tantalum and Tungsten shown on the screen.
Conflict minerals are mined in conflict zones and used by armed groups to fund violence and wars.

What is the problem?

What is the problem with Conflict Minerals? Map of mine in Africa to factory/processing in Asia to final electronics worldwide
The two biggest problems surrounding conflict minerals are the human rights abuses suffered by the miners, and the lack of traceability of these minerals.

What is the University doing?

What is the University doing about Conflict Minerals? Policy: Research, supply chain investigations, sharing best practice
The University of Edinburgh has become the first higher education institution in the UK adopt a formal conflict minerals policy.

What can I do about it?

What can I do about Conflict Minerals? Hands reaching out.
Think about what you are buying and whether you need it, take action by contacting electronics companies, and get involved with charity and campaign groups.