Increasing Raw Material Demand

Conflict-Free & Sustainable Mining

Conflict Minerals

The high global demand for raw materials often leads to mining in politically unstable countries, which is associated with human rights violations, violent conflicts and illegal activities. Particularly critical here are tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold, which are therefore also referred to as conflict elements. The mining of these four elements is most often associated with armed conflict and human rights violations.2https://ec.europa.eu/trade/policy/in-focus/conflict-minerals-regulation/regulation-explained/index_de.htm
It is difficult for consumers to know whether they are supporting this type of resource extraction by buying everyday products. In 2016, the European Union reached an agreement and issued a regulation that regulates the responsible sourcing of conflict minerals from 2021 onwards.3 https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/de/IP_16_3931

Promotion of the Region & Continuation of Tradition