History and conflict resources
Up to 16 000 artisanal miners exploited Bisie surface deposits between 2002 and 2012. Their illicit production, which at one point represented about 4% of global tin supply, helped finance the conflict in the DRC and the Great Lakes region. As a result of improved governance, global supply chain monitoring (disclosure of conflict minerals), the award by the GDRC of a legal industrial production permit to Alphamin, the opening up of certified conflict-free supply chains nearby, and the depletion of accessible surface minerals by the artisanal miners, artisanal production has decreased dramatically since 2012. Bisie’s tin concentrate will be certified as conflict-free tin. In the light of falling supply and the implications of US and European laws and regulations aimed at reducing the use of minerals from conflict-affected regions, we know ABM’s conflict-free tin concentrate and social initiatives should be of interest to international trading and smelting companies and multinational brands, which use tin in their products, including laptops, mobile and smart phones and cars. The Bisie operation will supply conflict-free tin from the eastern DRC and the Alphamin operation will be the manifestation of what conflict mineral legislation aimed to achieve.