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In support of international Human Rights Day today, Intel is putting a spotlight on conflict minerals - raw materials found in everything from light bulbs to laptops - to educate consumers about their link to violence and genocide in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Intel's Gary Niekerk has written a new blog post that outlines Intel's latest conflict-free initiatives and how they are advancing human rights and creating economic opportunity in the DRC.

Recognized by Forbes and the Reputation Institute, Intel has ranked 8th on the 2014 Global CSR RepTrak Ranking. Scores for this ranking are based on companies' performance in leadership, products and services, innovation citizenship, governance, and workplace. Companies including Google, Apple, Lego and Rolex, joined Intel at the top of this ranking. Learn more about Intel's corporate reputation and sustainability initiatives here.

Bloomberg LP and The Points of Light Foundation have honored Intel today as a winner in The Civic 50. Each year, the Civic 50 recognizes America's most community-minded companies, providing them with a roadmap to improve the communities where they do business. Learn more about Intel's corporate responsibility initiatives in support of the Civic 50 list here.

On November 18, Jewish World Watch will honor Intel with its iWitness Award for its work to produce all of its microprocessors using conflict-free minerals. Intel is the first corporation to receive an iWitness award, which is historically reserved for individual humanitarian leaders. Intel’s Carolyn Duran and Gary Niekerk, who are responsible for devising and implementing Intel’s conflict-free program, will speak at the iWitness award ceremony held in Los Angeles at the Museum of Tolerance.

Intel’s ENCORE retiree program was honored by Experience Matters, an organization which connects passionate individuals with nonprofits that require unique talent. Intel was recognized for its unprecedented investment in the greater Phoenix community through an innovative program that transitions its retired employees into meaningful work in the nonprofit sector. This video tells the story of Surinder Tuli, an Intel retiree, and how he converted his engineering talents into blessings for the United Way in Mesa, Arizona.


For the 16th consecutive year, Intel has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, the first global index to track the financial performance of the leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide. Intel has been included in the World Index since its first launch in 1999, and has been recognized as an industry leader in supply chain responsibility and sustainability. Learn more about Intel’s corporate responsibility initiatives.

Intel has established a new supply chain goal for all of its products to be conflict-free starting in 2016. In support of this latest commitment, Intel’s Conflict-Mineral Program Manager Dr. Carolyn Duran expands on the company’s journey to certify its microprocessors as conflict-free and the steps already being taken towards its new target. Join the movement and learn more about Intel’s pursuit of conflict-free.

This year at Intel Developer Forum (IDF) will be the company’s first Intel® Ultimate MakerSpace. This IDF experience includes a showcase area with maker demos and simple hands-on activities, including the ConnectAnyThing lab.  Attendees will also have an opportunity to work with on-site instructors to build new ideas on Intel® Galileo boards and Intel software.  At the end of each day, the Ultimate MakerSpace “Orbit Lounge” will be the place to check out the day’s maker projects and prize winners.  Creators and makers can sign up for free day passes at http://bit.ly/idfmakers

Two Intel employees have been named to Business Insider’s list of the 22 Most Powerful Female Engineers in Tech. Carolyn Duran, ranked at #2, leads Intel’s efforts to remove conflict minerals from its supply chain and end human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Mauri Whelan, ranked at #8, is a vice president in Intel’s Software and Services Group and directs the company’s open source software development work. To learn more about Duran and Whelan, view the full list.

Intel has been ranked #15 on Interbrand’s 2014 Best Global Green Brands list. Intel was selected based on its environmental performance and the market’s perception of the company’s efforts. Examples of such efforts include manufacturing the world’s first conflict-free microprocessors, being the largest purchaser of green power in the U.S. and saving 46 billion gallons of water over the past decade. Read more about Intel’s commitment to sustainability .

Change happens when people demand it. Conflict minerals, which can be found in everything from phones to cars to jewelry, are often tied to armed conflict and human rights abuses, meaning consumers could be funding these activities and not even know it. Intel and organizations like the Enough Project have taken steps to educate consumers, in an effort to create change. Check out this video directed by filmmaker Paul Freedman to learn more about this important issue.

Corporate Responsibility Magazine has ranked Intel #8 on its annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens ranking, which published today. Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens is based on almost 300 data points in seven categories, including: environment, climate change, human rights, employee relations, philanthropy, financial, and governance. Intel has been included on the list since it was introduced by Corporate Responsibility Magazine in 2000.

For the seventh year in a row, Intel has topped the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership National Top 100, a list of the nation’s leading users of renewable energy. Intel, which meets 100 percent of its electricity load with renewable resources, has been the nation’s largest voluntary purchaser of green power since 2008. Read more about Intel’s commitment to sustainability.

What does sustainability mean to you? This Earth Day Intel launched its Earth Day photo mosaic, which includes photos submitted by Intel employees around the world, in response to this question. As part of Intel's "Sustainability in Action" Grant Program, this Earth Day photo mosaic is an interactive look at the beauty and splendor of the natural world, the need to preserve our delicate ecosystem, and Intel employees' volunteer efforts. View the photo mosaic and learn more about Intel's sustainability initiatives.



Forbes has named Intel as one of the most reputable companies in the world in its annual World’s Most Reputable Companies ranking, which published today. Intel ranked #12 on the 2014 list. Forbes’ World’s Most Reputable Companies ranking is based on the annual Global RepTrak* 100 study from the Reputation Institute, which identifies the 100 companies that have successfully established strong international reputations. Intel has been included on the list since 2008, including being ranked #11 in 2013.

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