Conflict minerals are natural resources extracted in a conflict zone and sold to perpetuate the fighting. There is strong evidence that accessibility to precious commodities can prolong conflicts. The most prominent example of this is in the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where various rebel groups profit from mining whilst contributing to violence and exploitation during conflict in the region.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an intergovernmental economic organisation of member countries founded to stimulate economic progress and world trade. The OECD Due Diligence Guidance provides detailed recommendations to help companies respect human rights and avoid contributing to conflict through their mineral purchasing decisions and practices. This Guidance is for use by any company potentially sourcing minerals or metals from conflict-affected and high-risk areas. The OECD Guidance is global in scope, and applies to all mineral supply chains.
The four most commonly mined conflict minerals, generally referred to as 3TGs from their initials, are cassiterite (tin), wolframite (tungsten), coltan (tantalum) and gold ore. These minerals are essential in the manufacture of a variety of products, including consumer electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, and personal computers and laptops.
Conflict Minerals declaration
Clere is committed to supplying products that do not contain Conflict Minerals
Currently, we do not supply any products that fall into this category, however we continue to monitor this and should the situation change in the future, we will update this declaration.