As many other companies in the similar industry, Intel uses tantalum, tungsten, and gold in their manufacturing processes. These metals, often referred to as “conflict free,” can be mined within the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and other countries. Conflict free minerals are tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold. They are used in everyday products such as laptops, phones, cars, jewelry, airplanes and tablets. A multitude of mines within these countries are controlled by rebel armed groups whose exploitation of mine workers and uses the sale of these minerals to fund violence and war. Since 1998, these militias have killed over 5 million people. They pillage against their own people if they don’t come work for them or if they’re against them they kill them and find people who will join them. The Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the poorest countries in the world. Its’ average citizen earns $395.25 per year. In 2009, Intel was the first company to begin an extensive investigation to develop systems to validate conflict free minerals. In 2014, they began manufacturing and shipping the first commercially available microprocessors that are conflict free for gold, tungsten, tantalum, and tin.
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Year Founded: 1968
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