Apple: time to make a conflict-free iPhoneQuicklink submitted By Rob Kall Permalink
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|A deadly conflict has been raging for over 15 years in the Congo. The conflict has increasingly turned to being a war of profit, with various armed groups fighting one another for control of strategic mineral reserves.
Near the area where I grew up, there are mines with vast amounts of tungsten, tantalum, tin, and gold -- minerals that make most consumer electronics in the world function. There is child labor, slavery, rape-- used to motivate work.
...your favorite electronics don't have to fund mass violence and rape in the Congo, and neither do mine.
I'm asking Apple to make an iPhone made with conflict-free minerals from the Congo by this time next year.
Apple is perfectly positioned to be the first company to create a Congo conflict-free phone, using minerals from Congo that further stability and economic development and don't use slave labor or fund mass atrocities.