Discussion case: conflict coltan in the global electronics industry

1. What is conflict coltan? What groups benefited from the trade in conflict coltan?
What groups were hurt by it?
2. What three sectors were concerned with the problem of conflict coltan? What
were the interests of each, and in what ways did their interests converge?
3. What steps could be taken by governments, NGOs, and companies to strengthen
the process to exclude conflict minerals from the global supply chain?
4. Could conflict minerals be excluded from the global supply chain without hurting
the noncombatant citizens of the DRC?

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