News / / 10.24.18

Chemical Watch: Conflict gold reaching US company supply chains, says NGO report

Gold mined from conflict areas in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is reaching the supply chains of major US companies and finding its way into consumer products, according to an NGO report.

The report by The Sentry – an initiative of NGO Enough Project and human rights charity Not On Our Watch (NOOW) – says that the African Gold Refinery (AGR), located in Uganda, is sourcing illegally smuggled gold from eastern Congo and then exporting it to a Belgian affiliated refinery.

The gold, it says, may find its way into the supply chains of major western corporations, including “Amazon, Sony, General Electric, and 280 other US publicly traded companies”…

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