Ethical Consumer Magazine - Issue 181
The guides featured in this issue (laptops, desktops, mobile phones and networks) provide a reminder as to why we need political as well as consumer action to tackle the issues of climate change, ecological collapse and other global challenges. One of the big issues we cover in the guides is that of conflict minerals. This is the perfect example of where concerted action from companies, driven by legislative change, can bring positive real-world improvements. The Dodd-Frank Act in the US has seen companies forced to better monitor and account for the use of conflict minerals in their supply chains, and this has had an impact on the funding of conflict in the DRC
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