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CONFLICT MINERALS REPORT FLAGS SMALL BUSINESS IMPACTS

By Andy Metzger

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, AUG. 10, 2017.....On the surface, the dry legalistic considerations of state procurement policy seem almost entirely apart from the war-torn mines of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Yet, the valuable minerals extracted from equatorial African streambeds are used in all manner of electronics, which are used at all levels of government. Activists want the Massachusetts government to consider whether the equipment it buys is linked to lawless military groups operating in eastern Congo.


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