Conflict Minerals

In the early 1990s, violent clashes broke out in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), fueled by rebel groups, corrupt government officials, and foreign armies seeking control of the region's mineral resources. The situation escalated into a full-blown war, which has claimed over five million lives to date, making it the deadliest conflict since World War II. Rebel groups and military forces have used the proceeds from the sale of conflict minerals to fund their operations, buy weapons, and perpetuate violence in the region. The exploitation of the minerals has also led to human rights abuses, including forced labor, child labor, and sexual violence. But how can procurement departments effectively manage conflict materials?


15 - 20 min including reading

    1. Content presented in course - download.

    2. The history of conflict minerals explained by Tina

    3. Conflict Minerals - procurement must take action.

    4. US and EU regulations

    5. OECD Due Diligence Guidance

    6. Failing to comply

    7. Example of text to include in Supplier Code of Conduct.

    8. Example of initiative to meet the problem with Conflict Minerals

    9. Recommended reading

    1. Questions to help you verify that you meet the Learning Objectives.

    1. Summary of the Course.

    2. Reflection after the course

About this course

  • €20,00
  • 13 lessons
  • Basic level - Tactical Buyer role
  • 15-20 min
  • Quiz and Certificate

Instructor for the day is Fredrik Axelsson

Senior instructor. Fredrik Axelsson

Meet Fredrik, a seasoned procurement professional from Gothenburg, Sweden, with a Master's in Economics from Gothenburg University and an Executive MBA from Stockholm Business School. With roles at LM Ericsson, Solectron Sweden AB, Axelson Purchasing Resources AB, Saab AB, and Alstom/GE, Fredrik has amassed expertise in sourcing and procurement. In 2017, he launched Sourcing Partner, a procurement consultancy firm how also own and manage Learn How to Source. Fredrik's diverse experience spans from Operative Buyer to Sourcing Director and roles like Commodity Manager and Business Development, in line organizations and projects, including industries like banking and manufacturing. Fredrik's story is one of continuous growth, learning, and adaptation, making him a well-rounded professional with a wealth of knowledge to offer.

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About Learn How to Source

Learn How to Source is an online platform based in Sweden, offering a range of procurement courses accessible globally. It serves as a community where procurement experts share their knowledge through online courses, designed for various experience levels from introductory to expert. Courses are concise, about 30 minutes each, and cover different aspects of procurement, tailored for different buyer roles. The courses focus on practical knowledge, presented by seasoned professionals, and include quizzes and certificates. They can be accessed from any device, emphasizing microlearning for flexibility and efficiency.