D.R. Congo, UgandaReport
Time to Dig Deeper
New analysis shows companies exporting and trading minerals from the African Great Lakes region have made some progress on responsible sourcing, but must do more
Jade and the Generals
As Myanmar gears up for national peace talks, our new film reveals how the jade riches of Kachin State are helping to incentivise and fuel deadly armed conflict.
US Conflict Minerals Law
In 2010, US Congress passed a landmark law - section 1502 of the Dodd Frank Act - requiring companies to determine if their products contain one or more of four minerals sourced from Congo or its neighbours.
River of Gold
How the state lost out in an eastern Congo gold boom, while armed groups, a foreign mining company and provincial authorities pocketed millions
Lords of Jade
How Southeast Asia’s biggest drug lord used shell companies to become a jade kingpin
D.R. CongoBlog post
River of Gold – one year on, much talk but little has changed
It's one year on from the publication of our report 'River of Gold', exposing the links between Chinese gold mining companies and armed groups in eastern Congo - and disappointingly little has been done to address the chronic corruption and lack of transparency in the sector.
War in the Treasury of the People: Afghanistan, lapis lazuli and the battle for mineral wealth
The Taliban and other armed groups are earning up to 20 million dollars per year from Afghanistan’s lapis mines, the world’s main source of the brilliant blue lapis lazuli stone.
Jade: Myanmar's "Big State Secret"
As Myanmar's historic election approaches, our report reveals a secret jade trade worth up to US$31 billion, and controlled by military elites and drug lords.
Zimbabwe, D.R. CongoBriefing
What is Supply Chain Due Diligence?
Unless companies make sure they are trading responsibly, they risk funding serious abuses overseas.
D.R. CongoBlog post
Why it’s a good thing that Apple isn’t declaring its products conflict free
At the end of March, Apple released its third Conflict Minerals Report. Apple’s report chooses not to declare Apple products "conflict free", and we think that’s a good thing.
European UnionPress release
Responsible companies should act on EU mineral law now, not drag their feet for four year phase-in
The new EU law on responsible mineral sourcing is an important but half-hearted attempt to bring change to the sector, not least because many important companies are exempt, says Global Witness.