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Intel switches to conflict-free metals in its microprocessors

Intel switches to conflict-free metals in its microprocessors 

“Two years ago, I told several colleagues that we needed a hard goal, a commitment to reasonably conclude that the metals used in our microprocessors are conflict-free,” said Krzanich. “We felt an obligation to implement changes in our supply chain to ensure that our business and our products were not inadvertently funding human atrocities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Even though we have reached this milestone, it is just a start. We will continue our audits and resolve issues that are found.”

Calling it a ‘shadow over the consumer electronic industry,’ Intel resolved to not use conflict materials from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  

The DRC has been plagued for years by conflict, resulting in millions of deaths. According to a report to the United Nations Security Council Committee, a source of funding violence for armed groups includes the trade of mineral products from the DRC. Some of these conflict minerals are in many kinds of products, including electronics.

Intel has implemented a process within its supply chain organization to make sure that its sources – the smelters that provide tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold used in microprocessor silicon and packages made in Intel factories – are not inadvertently funding the conflict in the DRC.

Krzanich said that Intel has achieved a critical milestone in making its processors conflict-free, and that this is just the beginning. He challenged the entire electronics industry at large to join Intel in its efforts to tackle this global human rights issue.


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