The Conflict Free Canada Initiative


Conflict-Free-Canada-InitiativeIn partnership with The Enough Project, it is STAND Canada’s pleasure to announce the launch of our new campaign: The Conflict-Free Canada Initiative.

The Conflict-Free Canada Initiative aims to educate and raise awareness among the Canadian public about the issue of conflict minerals, in order to urge corporations and policy makers to adopt legislation that will demand due diligence from companies that source these minerals for their products.

As consumers of personal electronics, such as cellphones, laptops and MP3 players, we are connected to one of the deadliest conflicts in the world since World War II, currently raging in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. This conflict has resulted in the death of over 6 million people, the displacement of over a million more, and has become infamous for countless acts of sexual violence against women, among other grave human rights abuses.

The mining of tin, tungsten, tantalum, gold, as well as other valuable minerals and metals is providing tens of millions of dollars to the dozens of armed groups operating in the eastern DR Congo. In this way, our consumer habits inadvertently finance the purchase of arms and other supplies that help fuel the ongoing violence and instability perpetrated by rebel groups.

With your help, we look forward to raising awareness and opening public dialogue to make conflict minerals a forefront issue in Canada.

 


What Are Conflict Minerals?

Gold, tin, tantalum, tungsten (the “3 T’s”), are mined in eastern Congo and are in all consumer electronics products.

Locals in mining communities are forced to take part in the illicit mining economy. Money earned from the sale of conflict minerals is used for personal profit and to further violent causes.
Minerals are smuggled out of Congo through neighboring countries, then shipped to smelters around the world for refinement. Once minerals are processed in this way, it’s difficult to trace their origin. Conflict minerals easily make their way to Canada and all over the world in consumer products.

As consumers of personal electronics, such as cellphones, laptops and MP3 players, we are connected to one of the deadliest conflicts in the world since World War II, currently raging in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. This conflict has resulted in the death of over 6 million people, the displacement of over a million more, and has become infamous for countless acts of sexual violence against women, among other grave human rights abuses.

The mining of tin, tungsten, tantalum, gold, as well as other valuable minerals and metals is providing tens of millions of dollars to the dozens of armed groups operating in the eastern DR Congo. In this way, our consumer habits inadvertently finance the purchase of arms and other supplies that help fuel the ongoing violence and instability perpetrated by rebel groups.

We must work together to bring about an end to the trade in conflict minerals. Together, we must create a demand for responsible sourcing for minerals from Congo.

What can Canada do?

Create Legislation That Cuts Canada’s Ties to Conflict Minerals!

Several governments throughout the world, including the American government, have passed legislation in support of these guidelines. Isn’t it time Canada did the same? By demanding that companies source their materials ethically, trace their supply chain and publicize their production process, Canadian consumers will have the ability to make informed purchases, purchases that will not fuel violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

With your help, we look forward to raising awareness and opening public dialogue to make conflict minerals a forefront issue in Canada.

Sign our petition here to demand legislation is created to cut Canadian ties to these conflict minerals.

If you have any questions, please email standwithus(at) standcanada.org

For opportunities to volunteer, please email hr (at) standcanada.org

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