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Most Companies Still Struggle With Source of Conflict Minerals

July 25, 2017, 8:35 PM

Companies trying to make sure minerals in computer chips, jewelry, and other products don’t fuel conflict in Africa still struggle with identifying their source.

Two-thirds of companies that submitted conflict minerals reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission this year didn’t say where their tin, tantalum, tungsten, or gold was mined, according to an annual analysis by the nonprofit Development International released July 25. That’s essentially unchanged from last year and the year before.

“This is the crux of the issue,” Chris Bayer, Development International’s principal investigator, said. “If you haven’t been able to nail down the country of origin...

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