Apple Cracks Down on Supplies from Conflict Zones

Feb 19, 2014 2:00 PM ET

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Apple has released its latest supplier responsibility report that outlines the company’s resolve to crack down on the use of minerals from conflict-ridden regions of the world. The tech giant specifically pledged to stop using minerals mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo that could fund war and human rights abuse.

Apple’s latest endeavor is a key step towards upholding ethical sourcing and manufacturing standards across the technology industry. The company announced that its hardware factories did not use tantalum, a metal used in electronics manufacturing, from conflict zones. It is also working with its suppliers to ensure that metals such as tin, tungsten and gold are sourced from conflict-free zones only.

Click here to continue reading and comment on Justmeans


Vikas Vij - Vikas is a staff writer for the Sustainable Development news and editorial section on Justmeans. He is an MBA with 20 years of managerial and entrepreneurial experience and global travel. He is the author of "The Power of Money" (Scholars, 2003), a book that presents a revolutionary monetary economic theory on poverty alleviation in the developing world. Vikas is also the official writer for an international social project for developing nations "Decisions for Life" run in collaboration between the ILO, the University of Amsterdam and the Indian Institute of Management.