Last week, the European Parliament passed a landmark piece of legislation ensuring proper and effective regulation of minerals imported into the EU.

It aims to break the real and demonstrable link between the increasing demand for these precious materials — used in a wide range of everyday electronic products — and the financing of armed conflict around the world.

In places like the Democratic Republic of Congo, armed groups and corrupt regimes are profiting from the mining of minerals, destabilising already-weak states and dangerously hindering the prospects for peace and sustainable development.