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Apple & Minerals

February 2011

Further to my run-down on rare earth elements, Apple has addressed their use in its latest Supplier Responsibility Report:

We mapped the use of potential conflict minerals in our supply chain. We identified 142 Apple suppliers that use tantalum, tin, tungsten, or gold to manufacture components for Apple products and the 109 smelters they source from. Apple is also at the forefront of a joint effort with the EICC and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) that will help our suppliers source conflict-free materials.

Apple also appears to closely regulate and audit underage labour, workplace safety, and excessive recruitment fees paid by foreign contract workers, and the report lists violations from 37 facilities of the 127 audited. It also commissioned a special independent investigation into the spate of suicides at Foxconn. Good on them, I guess.

Fraser commented:

Nice ampersand.

Anonymous commented:

Who the fuck is Arcade Fire?!