University to Stop Buying Electronics with Conflict Minerals

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

HARRISONBURG -- Eastern Mennonite University will not support companies who use materials from areas of violence and conflict as a part of a conflict free campus initiative.

EMU is the first Mennonite higher education institution to sign the initiative.

Conflict minerals are gold, tin, tungsten and tantalum. Cell phones, laptop computers and other electronics contain these minerals.

EMU will only buy its electronic products from companies who support humane methods of mineral collection.

Director of Information Systems Jack Rutt said third party vendors work with the major companies from which he buys.

"Now am I able to judge them. I don't know, but I believe that when you have major companies like Apple, Dell, Cisco, Intel, all pointing their websites to these organizations where it's been validated. You have to promise that you will have certain practices for raw material acquisition."

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