Conflict Minerals has become the main source of funding for armed rebel groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and its neighboring countries, which obtain minerals through forced labor, abuse of child labor and other illegal means and are trafficked in exchange for weapons, leading to bloody conflicts and the suffering of local civilians. This sparked an international controversy.
In order to protect human rights, health and the environment in mineral-producing areas, Novatron has declared and committed not to accept the use of minerals from conflict-affected areas.
In addition to 3TG( Ta, Sn, W, Au), Novatron also announced a commitment not to accept the use of minerals (such as Co and Mica) from conflict-affected and high-risk areas (CAHRAs).
At the same time, Novatron also requires all suppliers:
Ensure that products do not use "conflict minerals" from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and its surrounding countries and regions
Trace the source of Au,Ta, Sn, W, Cot and mica contained in all products.
Communicate this requirement to upstream suppliers.
The traditional conflict minerals is called 3TG. It refers to minerals from the Democratic Republic of Congo and its surrounding conflict affected areas, including coltan, Sn, W and gold. These minerals are refined into Ta, Sn, W, and Au and are used in various electronics and other products.
Minerals exceeding 3TG refer to minerals other than traditional conflict minerals that are produced in conflict or high-risk areas. Because these minerals usually come from areas where child labor or human trafficking is used. In recent years,there has been increasing attention to other minerals (such as Co and mica) from conflict or high-risk areas.Many companies have added it to the scope of conflict minerals investigations.