Increasing Raw Material Demand

Conflict-Free & Sustainable Mining

Conflict Minerals

In politically unstable countries, the high global demand for raw materials often leads to mining activities associated with human rights violations, violent conflicts and other illegal activities. Tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold are especially critical in this context and are therefore also known as conflict elements. The mining of these four elements is most often associated with armed conflict and human rights violations.2
It is difficult for consumers to know if they support illegal activities by buying everyday products. In 2016, the European Union came to an agreement and enacted a regulation covering the responsible supply of conflict elements from 2021.3

Supporting the Region & Continuing the Tradition