Apple Assesses Supply Chain For Conflict Free Minerals

wochit news
February 14, 2014 AT 6:31 AM
Apple's quarterly smelters list identifies suppliers who have no known or public Conflict-Free Smelter Program Participation and offers a window into where the minerals in our phones come from. Many of the minerals used in the production of this technology are often obtained from conflict strewn parts of the world, such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, where profits can contribute to the instability of the region. In a move that will put pressure on companies to better comply with ethical conduct, Apple has started to publicize which of its suppliers may be sourcing minerals from conflict zones.