Valuable raw materials, such as precious metals, are used to produce mobile phones and other ICT products. Some minerals, including tantalum, gold, tin and tungsten, are extracted from mines, some of which are located in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo which operate under inhumane conditions and / or are in conflict zones. Earnings from mining activity are also used to finance the war.
The OTE Group is not a manufacturer of ICT products. It purchases these products from international manufacturers and sells them in its stores in the context of the services it provides or uses them in its telecommunication infrastructure. Nevertheless, OTE Group member of Deutsche Telekom Group, has fully supported the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI), formerly CFSI. RMI was founded in 2008 by the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) and the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition. RMI is the largest entrepreneurial initiative for responsible raw material procurement, involving more than 300 companies. Its aim is to identify the source from which minerals are extracted and to prevent the export and sale of conflict minerals