Apple announces its supply of key metal is ‘conflict free’

The tech giant forced tantalum smelters into a third part audit

When it comes to supply chain management, sometimes company reputation is at stake just as much as overall efficiency. Apple learned that the hard way with its numerous issues with iPhone maker Foxconn in the public sphere. The tech giant, though, isn’t looking to make the same mistake twice.

Apple has announced that its suppliers do not secure the mineral tantalum from sources that fund violent armed groups. In its 2014 Supplier Responsibility report released on Feb. 12, Apple says its tantalum has been verified by third party auditors to be “conflict free.”

Assistant Editor

author image

Zach Warren

Zach Warren is Assistant Editor of InsideCounsel magazine, where he oversees online content submissions and administers InsideCounsel's enewsletters. Zach specializes in new media and multimedia...

Bio and more articles

Join the Conversation

Advertisement. Closing in 15 seconds.