Manufacturers of products containing metal components or electronics are encouraged to certify that they do not intentionally source materials or components that could contain Conflict Minerals. According to Wikipedia:
Conflict resources are natural resources extracted in a conflict zone and sold to perpetuate the fighting. There is both statistical and anecdotal evidence that belligerent accessibility to precious commodities can prolong conflicts (a “resource curse”). The most prominent contemporary example has been the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where various armies, rebel groups, and outside actors have profited from mining while contributing to violence and exploitation during wars in the region.The four most commonly mined conflict minerals (known as 3TGs, from their initials) are cassiterite (for tin), wolframite (for tungsten), coltan (for tantalum), and gold ore, which are extracted from the eastern Congo, and passed through a variety of intermediaries before being purchased. These minerals are essential in the manufacture of a variety of devices, including consumer electronics such as mobile phones, laptops, and MP3 players.Steeves Agencies is not a manufacturer of the products we supply, so we rely on our vendors to ensure that the components they use and the raw materials they source do not contain any Conflict Minerals. You can download Southco’s Conflict Mineral Statement by clicking here.