Smartphones, electric vehicles and wind turbines all have one thing in common: they cannot be manufactured without critical mineral resources which often originate from conflict-affected or high-risk areas. These minerals which are often termed "conflict minerals", include tin, tantalum, tungsten, gold and, since more recently, cobalt. They make semiconductors faster, batteries more powerful and metal alloys more resistant to extreme temperatures.
Jannick Saegert is the Managing Director of WINS Global Consult GmbH in Berlin. He lived and worked in China for many years and served as the lead expert for the development of China’s Responsible Mineral Supply Chain Guidelines published by the Chinese Mining Cham- ber of Commerce (CCCMC).
Gregor Grossman is technical advisor with the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in Beijing and has written on the regional developmental implications of the Belt and Road Initiative. The views expressed above are solely his own and do not reflect those of GIZ.
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