Intel’s battle to remove ‘conflict minerals’ from its supply chain

For the past seven years, the £55.9bn-turnover technology giant Intel has been striving to remove conflict minerals from its supply chain, to prevent it funding warfare in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Conflict minerals are found in a wide range of products, from laptops and phones to cars and jewellery – and are sourced from war-torn countries such as the mineral-rich DRC. Since the mid-1990s, the country has been ravaged as warlords have taken over mines and enslaved workers so the minerals can be sold to buy weapons.

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