Conflict minerals ban in the Great Lakes region gets stronger despite resistance
Friday January 10 2014
A Union of Congolese Patriots fighter controls workers at the gold mine in Iga Barriere, Ituri region, northeast of Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo/AFP/Eric Feferberg
Intel, a leading computer hardware manufacturer, announced the world’s first product formally dubbed free of such materials, stating that its microprocessors would no longer use “conflict minerals”.
US Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the Business Roundtable, all major lobby groups, say the new rules impose an undue financial burden on companies and infringe on constitutional guarantees of free speech.
The electronics industry has been one of the most significant users of the minerals that have been singled out for scrutiny, which include tin, gold, tungsten and others.