Andrew Cunningham

In another startling announcement at the CES keynote, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich trumpeted that starting this year, all of his company’s microprocessors will be “conflict free.”
The chief executive is referring to the fact that a handful of raw minerals are crucial for manufacturing a significant portion of all consumer electronic devices.

As we reported in 2012, for years, many activists around the world have pushed for tougher restrictions on the sourcing of cassiterite, wolframite, coltan, and gold in particular.

The proceeds of the sales of many of these minerals have been fueling regional conflicts in Central Africa for well over a decade.
Krzanich noted that the company has been working on this issue since “over four years ago,” and that now all of its minerals are “tracked” from “mine to the smelter.”

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