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The term "conflict minerals" refers to minerals including tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold - also referred to as "3TG" - that are utilized in the production of various products, predominantly consumer electronics. The world?s largest reserves of the 3TG exist in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa. Due to concerns that the exploitation and trade of these minerals by armed groups is helping finance conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the United States Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010, requiring certain companies to disclose their use of conflict minerals.

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