Intel supply chain will be conflict free this year

Intel’s entire supply chain and every product it produces will be free of conflict minerals from this year. The technology multinational set itself the goal two years ago after it eradicated from its processors any tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold that directly or indirectly finances or benefits armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and adjoining countries. “We will achieve this goal,” CEO Bryan Krzanich said at the Consumer Electronics Show 2016 in Las Vegas. “Every product, every processor, every modem, every device, every system we ship, everything we sell will be conflict free.” From the second quarter of 2016, Intel will display a “conflict free” symbol on its products. Intel’s conflict mineral sourcing policy stipulates that it must exercise due diligence with its suppliers in line with OECD guidelines. The company must make publicly available reports on its progress and collaborate with suppliers and others to develop industry-wide solutions designed to eliminate DRC conflict minerals. (Supply Management)

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