INTEL plans to make its chips from 100 percent conflict-free materials by 2016.
The chip manufacturer is working with smelters that supply it with gold, tantalum, tungsten and tin to certify their supply chain uses materials that are not sourced from forced labour in volatile parts of the world.
Intel first announced its goal for conflict-free chips in January 2014 by releasing a line of processors made from certified conflict-free materials only.
Intel supply chain director and conflict-free program manager Carolyn Duran says her team has continued with the efforts by visiting 88 smelters in 21 countries.
“We continue to support smelters who choose to source responsibly from the [Democratic Republic of Congo] by utilizing programs which document the mineral ‘chain-of-custody,’” she wrote. “ A total of 97 smelters in our supply chain have now been validated as conflict-free. We also encourage efforts to help legitimate miners within the DRC or surrounding region.”
According to Duran, reports from NGO The Enough Project found that armed groups are beginning to cede control of many of the mines in the DRC, showing ongoing efforts to cut down on the supply of “blood metals” are working.