Only conflict-free electronics for Edinburgh University

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The University of Edinburgh will only buy products that do not contain conflict minerals, as part of its strategy to create socially responsible supply chains.

Certain minerals used in cars and consumer electronics like computers and phones are associated with violent financing wars in Africa, which have ravaged communities.

Unfortunately supply chains for such products are long and complex, but the university says it will work to ensure it does not help to fund these wars through its buying choices, while raising awareness amongst its staff and students and advising on alternatives to conflict minerals.

"The University is committed to sustainable procurement, from the electronics that we buy in large amounts such as computers, down to individual purchases made by staff," says Dave Gorman, Director of Social Responsibility and Sustainability at the University of Scotland.

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