Contrabombarde Posted November 6, 2010 Share Posted November 6, 2010 Some of you will know that I've spent the past three years working in the Democratic Republic of Congo which has been in a state of anarchy and war for more than a decade, driven in large part by natural resources. In the past we've had our attention drawn to "conflict diamonds" which fueled the war in Sierra Leone, and recent protests about "conflict minerals" have highlighted the problems currently in Congo. Famously Steve Jobs was questioned, and unable to confirm, that iphones do not make use of materials obtained from areas of conflict or under militia control. Which brings me to wonder how difficult is it to have a certified supply chain that doesn't buy resources from dubious sources. The organ building industry must get through more tin than most industries, both in the pipe metal and in lead-free solder. Do we have any idea where it comes from (at least, where in the ground it came from before being sold to organ builders from tin refineries?) If, to paraphrase an article in the latest Organist's Review, organs are potentially "green" instruments, being largely made of sheep and trees, are they green enough to be able to not use materials whose extraction is perpetuating armed conflicts? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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