Here’s a break from the norm: Big Corporations praised for environmentally conscientious decisions.
According to a recent report, these ‘pioneers of progress’ have avoided the purchase of minerals which fund armed groups in Central Africa.
According to a U.S. Geological Survey, Congo houses 70% of the planet’s Coltan supply, a mineral necessary for the production of mobile devices. The Enough Project has ranked companies based on their steps to ensure their assorted technologies don’t indirectly fund aggressive groups endangering Congolese civilians.
"The exploitation of Congo's mineral resources continues to exacerbate conflict and instability on the ground and consumers are still largely in the dark as to whether or not their products are conflict free," the report said. "It will take a holistic effort by multiple governments and industries to regulate the flow of illegal conflict minerals. The driver of that effort must remain the demand of the conscious consumer."
Conversely, Nintendo has been shown to trail behind when it comes to the ethical acquisition of ‘conflict materials.’