Are Game Companies Doing Enough To Avoid Funding Congo War?

Earlier this year we reported on efforts to urge electronics companies from using conflict materials mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Enough Project has released a report ranking companies' responses. Where do Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony rank?

The Democratic Republic of Congo is a country torn with strife. Since 1998 the Second Congo War has raged, with military groups funding their efforts through the exploitation of the country's natural mineral deposits. Once it was blood diamonds, but international scrutiny caused that trade to dwindle. Battling forces have since turned to minerals like tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold; items in high demand in today's electronics. The sale of these minerals is so important to the ongoing conflict that it's been dubbed The PlayStation War, as Crecente noted in his column back in June.

The Enough Project is spearheading a campaign to get major electronics manufacturers to examine their supply chain and end reliance on these conflict materials. Now they've released a comprehensive report detailed which companies are making changes for the better and which aren't making any changes at all.

In June Microsoft today Kotaku that a conflict mineral free pipeline was a priority, and the company certainly seems to be sticking to its word, ranking among the top tier in terms of action taken.

Sony Ericsson ranks among companies that have voiced their support of industry0wide measures to stem the use of conflict materials yet have not shown any active movement in that direction.

According to the report, which can be read in full at the Enough Project website, Nintendo is one of several companies that refuse to acknowledge or deal with the problem. The company had previously responded to an inquiry from Raise Hope for Congo, telling the organisation that Nintendo does not purchase raw materials directly, and that it requires suppliers "to comply with its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Procurement Guidelines, which stipulate suppliers comply with applicable laws, have respect for human rights and conduct their business in an appropriate and fair manner."

Read the full report at Enough Project.


    It all just seems a bit naive though.

    If these groups are intent on killing each other, stopping companies buying minerals from the country isn't going to end that.

      True, but it would cut off revenue sources for the rebel groups and weaken their ability to buy supplies and weapons.

      I'm not sure if I should respond considerately to your comment or just suggest you delete it due to your ignorance.

      Decisions, decisions...

        Perhaps you could try choice one... but you know, try it without sounding like a patronising douche.

      It will reduce the available cash to fund killing each other in such numbers, so it will have an affect.

      The arms trade and the death it leads to is really out of control in parts of Africa and its largely financed due to western countries buying all our cocoa, diamonds and minerals from these impoverished countries at bargain bottom prices.

      Less money means less guns means less wide spread killing.

      that's kinda my view, but the issue's are apparently more the forced slavery and that if the country ever establishes itself, all it's resources will be gone

    Wow, Nintendo bottoms out again, just like that emmissions report last year.

    Behind their cutesy family friednly image, Nintendo are the most evil electronics company in the world!

    What great Companies us gamers finance. First they buy confilt materials, then manufacture at wholesome workplaces like Foxconn. Now if we could only get EA or Activision to move to Sudan or Somalia we would have the trifecta!

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