After four years of work, the world’s largest maker of computer processors states that its products no longer have minerals from mines held by armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. On Monday, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich made the announcement in a keynote speech ahead of the opening of the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, making the Intel Corporation the first major United States technology company to make such a declaration about its products.
A United States law passed in 2010 requires U.S. public companies to report whether their products encompass minerals from rebel-held mines in Congo; however compliance has shown not to be easy for several electronics manufacturers. In addition, there has been some concern that the law has amounted to a de facto embargo on minerals exports from a region that has numerous people living at a subsistence level. To address this, Carolyn Duran, manager of Intel’s ‘conflict minerals’ program said that Intel still buys minerals from the region, as long as it is comfortable the mines are in good hands. She also claims that Intel is not intending to leave the region behind.