This Case is about INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS, SUPPLY CHAIN, TECHNOLOGY
PUBLICATION DATE: June 18, 2015 PRODUCT #: ETH5-HCB-ENG
The term “conflict minerals” referred to four minerals-tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold-which are mined in nations around the planet, for instance, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). These minerals, occasionally called the “3TG” minerals, were used in several businesses for various functions. Tungsten, for example, also created the vibrating alarm and was used in the displays of cell phones. Tantalum was a part of cell phone camera lenses, was crucial to the exchange of text messages and e-mails, and carried the battery charge in tablet PC or a cell.
The battle minerals problem dated to the early 2000s but public recognition took years following the attempts of authority’s organizations like the Enough Project. Intel ran its first battle minerals supply chain survey in 2009, and started to work on the problem in 2008, in the direction of its own CEO. Intel’s choice to deal with the struggle minerals issue head on was one of the first big achievements of the movement; the policies Intel executed to get clash-free minerals went beyond what Dodd-Frank required.