At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced that Intel achieved an important milestone and is now manufacturing and shipping 'conflict-free' microprocessors. This was achieved through a rigorous effort to validate the sources of specific metals (tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold) as 'conflict free' used in our microprocessor products. The importance of this effort has been to ensure that profits from metals that we source for our chips are not funding human rights atrocities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The issue of 'conflict-free' is complex and the solution requires global action. Against the backdrop of one of the largest consumer electronics shows in the world, Krzanich noted that our conflict free journey is far from complete. And he called on the industry at large to join us and many others doing good work to tackle this important global human rights challenge.
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"Two years ago, I told several colleagues that we needed a hard goal, a commitment to reasonably conclude that the metals used in our microprocessors are conflict-free. We felt an obligation to implement changes in our supply chain to ensure that our business and our products were not inadvertently funding human atrocities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Even though we have reached this milestone, it is just a start. We will continue our audits and resolve issues that are found."
- Brian Krzanich, Intel CEO during a keynote address at CES 2014
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Jan. 8, 12 p.m. - Quest for Conflict-Free Technology
A conversation and moderated Q&A with Intel and social activists on the challenge for the electronics industry, as a main users of metals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in making conflict-free products.
- Intel CEO Brian Krzanich
- Actress & Activist Robin Wright
- Enough Project Policy Director Sasha Lezhnev
- Moderated by Marc Gunther, Editor at Large, The Guardian