As reporded in the news media, Five of the world’s largest tech companies have been named in a lawsuit filed on 15th December 2019 by human rights firm International Rights Advocates in the US District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of 14 parents and children from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Paragraph 16 of the complaint quotes from Apple’s ‘2018 Statement on Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking and Slavery in Our Business and Supply Chain’, which, in part, mentions ITSCI’s whistleblowing mechanism in the DRC.

The ITSCI programme is committed to helping companies source tin, tantalum, and tungsten minerals from the DRC and other countries according to standards independently confirmed to be aligned with the recommendations of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas.

ITSCI is not engaged in any activity relating to cobalt mines, or the cobalt supply chain, to which this lawsuit solely relate.

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