OCT 2012

Mine to Comptoir

First Bags of Conflict-Free Tin Leave a Congolese Mine

With the first bags of conflict-free tin leaving the mine in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo, on 24 October the Conflict-Free Tin Initiative (CFTI) has officially started. This marks the beginning of the flow of minerals through a controlled supply chain outside the reach of armed groups. To support responsible sourcing and economic development in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), industry partners convened by the Dutch government have started a conflict-free tin sourcing program in the province of South Kivu.

“Conflict-free” should not mean “Congo Free.” The Conflict-Free Tin Initiative aims to create demand for conflict-free tin from a region whose economy has collapsed due to series of severe internal and cross-border conflicts. The Initiative introduces a tightly controlled conflict-free supply chain outside the control of armed groups.

The September 18, 2012 press release on the CFTI announcement is available for download here.

The October 24, 2012 press statement on the first bags of conflict-free tin leaving the mine is available here

The pilot has launched with the first bags of conflict-free tin leaving the mine. For more information about current and anticipated future project updates please see the project status and timeline page.


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