PPA Announces New Members

Jul 8, 2013

The Public-Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade (PPA) is pleased to announce the following new participants:

  • Companies: Acer, Apple, Boeing, Global Advanced Metals, NVIDIA, Panasonic, PAMP, S.A., and Toyota
  • Civil Society Organizations: Africa Faith and Justice Network, Bureau d’Etudes Scientifiques et Techniques (BEST), Centre National d’Appui au Développement et à la Participation Populaire (CENADEP), Diamond Development Initiative, Global Witness, the International Organization for Migration, and International Peace Information Service

By joining the PPA, these leading companies and civil society organization are demonstrating their commitment to the development of conflict-free minerals in the Great Lakes Region of Africa. Their support will provide further expertise and bolster the PPA’s capacity to fund on-the-ground projects that are creating conflict-free mineral chains.

“We see the PPA’s initiatives as complementing NVIDIA’s own efforts in the area of a conflict-free supply chain,” explained Deb Shoquist, NVIDIA executive vice president of operations. “The PPA is enhancing the ability of ethical miners in the Democratic Republic of Congo and adjoining countries to operate successfully while working to end the conflict.”

This group of 14 organizations reflects the multi-sector nature of the PPA, which is comprised of industry, civil society, and government partners and is one of the strengths of PPA activities. Their participation also underscores the global nature of conflict mineral challenges and the significant resources required to make progress. The PPA welcomes their participation and looks forward to working with them.

“As a development-focused, conflict prevention initiative, DDI International is happy to join the PPA for Responsible Minerals Trade in contributing towards peace and stability in the Great Lakes Region,” said Ms. Dorothée Gizenga, Executive Director of DDI.

For those interested in PPA membership and for a list of current members, more information can be found on the PPA website ( The PPA membership process includes an expression of interest, a due diligence process, and signature of the memorandum of understanding, and a funding commitment (from companies) to support PPA-sponsored projects such as recently announced artisanal, conflict-free gold and civil society capacity building projects. If your organization is interested in joining the PPA, please contact

The PPA is a joint effort of the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region, non-governmental organizations, companies and industry associations. The coalition supports conflict-free sourcing, provides credible information resources, and coordinates and engages key actors on conflict-free minerals solutions.

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