Conflict Minerals

Apple Drops 12 Suppliers After ‘Conflict Minerals’ Audit Finds Violations

Apple on Wednesday filed the report for its "conflict mineral" audit for the year 2021 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) — reports CNet. The filing reveals that Cupertino severed ties with 12 refineries and smelting companies over suspicions that proceeds from their ore sales were being used to finance armed conflicts. According...

Apple Pledges to Stop Mining Minerals to Make iPhones

Apple has one of the most aggressive sustainability and recycling programs in tech, but it still pulls plenty of metals and toxic rare-earth materials out of the ground to make iPhones, iPads, Macbooks, and other products. Now, according to a new report from The Verge, Apple has said it aims to make all of its iPhones, iPads...

Apple Releases 11th Annual Supplier Responsibility Report

Apple released its 2017 Supplier Responsibility Report today, as concern mounts over the potential impact of a draft directive from the Trump administration that would suspend legislation requiring companies to disclose whether their products contain conflict minerals. Conflict minerals — substances like tantalum, tungsten, tin, and gold — are used in a variety of popular...

Apple Announces a Milestone in its “Conflict Minerals” Efforts

Apple has today announced a milestone in its five-year-long effort to ensure responsible sourcing of minerals used in its products, and that they are not financing any armed conflicts. As explained by BuzzFeed News, these “conflict minerals” are so called because the proceeds from their mining have at times been used to fund armed groups...