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Apple to drop four smelters from supply chain for refusing conflict minerals audit

Post By: Andrew Cooper on Friday, 20 February 2015

Apple has revealed in its annual Supplier Responsibility Progress Report that it has informed four smelters–who provide metals used in the production of the company’s devices–that they will be dropped from the supply chain after refusing to submit to “conflict mineral” audits … 

The audits are designed to ensure that the extraction of the minerals used does not finance armed groups associated with human rights violations:

“Tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold are called conflict minerals because, in the Democratic Republic...

Apple claims progress on conflict minerals

Post By: Andrew Cooper on Friday, 20 February 2015

In an annual report on labor and environmental practices in its supply chain, Apple said it is making progress eliminating so-called conflict minerals.

Apple said it had identified 225 smelters in its supply chain that handle gold, tantalum, tin or tungsten, and that 135 of those smelters were audited last year to verify that they do not use materials that fund armed groups; that’s more than double the 57 smelters audited in 2013.
 
The company said 64 other...
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