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Intel, Apple pledge to stop using conflict minerals

A gold buyer displays a recent purchase in

A gold buyer displays a recent purchase in the gold mining town of Mongbwalu, Congo. (March 28, 2006) Credit: Getty Images

Apple and Intel, two of the biggest gadget producers today, said they would stop buying conflict minerals to manufacture their products.

The tech giants are joining forces with the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and its newly formed Conflict-Free Smelter program. The EICC is a sort of international ethics police for the global electronics production industry.

Their Conflict-Free program requires that participating companies prove they don't buy raw materials from organizations that could  possibly fund the ongoing wars in central Africa.

Next year The Dodd-Frank Act, will require all U.S. manufacturers to disclose the origin of their raw materials and identify any purchases that may be linked to conflict minerals.

Conflict minerals include tantalum, tungsten, gold and tin, which are used in many of our tech products. These raw goods generate massive revenues that have been found to fund wars in Central Africa, like that in the  Democratic Republic of Congo (pictured above).

Photo top: A gold buyer displays a recent purchase March 28, 2006 in the gold mining town of Mongbwalu, Congo. Thousands of Congolese scrape together meager livings from mining.

AFP/Getty Images Photo, left: Workers dig at a gold mine on Feb. 23, 2009, in Chudja, near Bunia, northeastern Congo

 

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