One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(especially in Africa) a mineral mined in an area of armed conflict and traded illicitly to finance the fighting.‘coltan has been termed a conflict mineral, along with cassiterite, wolframite, and gold’
- ‘Profits from the so-called "conflict minerals," hundreds of millions of dollars a year, help fund the Congolese conflict.’
- ‘We mapped the use of potential conflict minerals in our supply chain.’
- ‘A consultant with the Enough Project estimates there are more than 20 ways to get a conflict mineral around the bagging and tagging scheme.’
- ‘"Her commitment to addressing root causes such as the conflict minerals that power our electronics industry was a refreshing contrast to the usual disaster sympathy tourism of visiting dignitaries."’
- ‘American companies are facing increasing pressure from the government to scrutinize supply chains for conflict minerals.’
- ‘They have been active in a student group involved in the issue of conflict minerals.’
- ‘The legislation requires US-listed companies to carry out supply chain due diligence to determine whether their products contain conflict minerals from the DRC or surrounding region.’
- ‘Advocacy groups have gradually drawn attention to these "conflict minerals", but the world has been slow to react.’
- ‘The businesses were accused of helping to fund the world's deadliest ongoing war by trading in conflict minerals from the Democratic Republic of Congo.’
- ‘The issue of how conflict minerals finance the violence has been bubbling up among organizations that promote socially responsible investing.’
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