Intel just announced plans to source its entire supply chain from conflict-free sources from the year 2016 onward. The move is designed to support the miners of metal materials, instead of violent warlords in regions such as the Democratic Republic of Congo. Through continuous evaluation of where and how crucial metals for products are sourced – such as tungsten, tantalum, and tin – Intel is moving closer to being 100 percent conflict-free.
The Enough Project is one non-profit working toward keeping profits out of the hands of dangerous individuals in countries whose main income source is often mining highly sought-after metals. They estimated a 65 percent drop in the amount of money for the “three Ts” ending up in the hands of armed groups over the past few years. Intel recognizes the difficulty in maintaining its mission, as any change of supplier or new company acquisition starts a new vetting process, yet they believe it is an important mission.
The company also encourages other manufacturers to become part of the solution. Carolyn Duran, an Intel director who oversees supply chain sustainability, says, “You can put up the walls around our own supply chain and say as long as ours is good we’re good, but that’s not really fixing the fundamental problem. It takes all of us to really fix the problem on the ground.”
Via Fast Company