Make Kean Conflict-Free

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Conflict minerals have fueled and continue to sustain armed violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, linking them to the deadliest conflict globally since World War II.

The four conflict minerals (gold, along with tin, tantalum, and tungsten, the “3Ts”) are not the only source of income to armed groups, but they are some of the most lucrative.

Conflict minerals are used in a variety of products - from jewelry to cars. However, the electronics industry is one of the largest purchasers of these minerals. By committing to trace their supply chains and make sure their minerals are coming from mines in Congo where violence is not present, otherwise known as ‘conflict-free’ mines, electronics companies can interrupt the flow of money that goes to armed groups.

Electronics companies like Intel, HP, and Apple are all very concerned about making their products appealing to young people, especially students. Additionally, schools buy a significant number of electronics products every year - to stock computer labs, library equipment, academic and administrative departments, etc.

By passing a procurement resolution, Kean University will join a list of over two dozen schools across the country and internationally that are maintaining the consumer pressure needed to ensure that companies work to source conflict-free minerals from Congo for their products.

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