Thursday, February 23, 2012

Quote of the Day

From a press release announcing Nokia is joining AVX's "Solutions for Hope" initiative:
Because there currently is no recognized system to verify that the sources of minerals from the DRC are conflict-free, efforts to secure supply chains have led to a de facto embargo of minerals from the region while such systems are being developed. Tens of thousands of people in the DRC depend on artisanal mining, many operating in regions where conflict is not present. Their livelihoods and the economic stability of the region have been threatened by the de facto ban. 
This is what some of us have been saying for a long time now, and why we've suggested it would have been much wiser to put the systems in place before the de facto embargo came into effect.

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