05 Apr '11, 5pm

Apple and Intel to Stop Using Conflict Minerals in Products

Apple and Intel to Stop Using Conflict Minerals in Products

The Congo also provides 5 percent of the world's tin and up to 14 percent of all tantalum, an element used in high-tech manufacturing. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Woookie Apple and Intel will soon boast “conflict-free” gadgets and laptops. The two tech companies joined the Conflict-Free Smelter Program , a voluntary project by the Global e-Sustainability Initiative and Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition requiring third-party verification that the processing plants where the companies purchase their materials don’t source minerals from the DRC. Conflict diamonds are not the only blood-stained mineral that funds armed groups and human-rights abuses in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. Also mined there are tungsten, tin and tantalum – rare minerals vital to the U.S. electronics industry. Read: New Legislation Monitors Conflict Minerals in Gadgets The move comes i...

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