Intel sets goal to make first conflict-free chip by 2013

Intel has taken a big step forward by publicly stating its aim to make “the world’s first verified, conflict-free microprocessor by 2013.” Whilst other companies have programmes in place to clean up their supply chains, no one has gone this far in making a commitment to make a conflict free product. This really throws down the challenge to other manufacturers.

http://blogs.intel.com/csr/2012/03/a-conflict-free-minerals-goal/

Interestingly their video is presented by the COO and includes an engineer who was flown out to Congo (ie not just corporate responsibility reps), suggesting how seriously they are taking this.

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