Apple Investigates Concerns of its Products Using Illegally Mined Tin
Apple recently revealed that a concern over use of illegally mined tin in its products has prompted the company to lead a fact-finding mission in Indonesia. Originally spotted by the folks at The Verge
, Apple added a brief paragraph to its Supplier Responsibility webpage, explaining that “recent concerns” over illegal tin mining in Bangka Island, Indonesia has called for their recent move.
In addition to the fact-finding mission, the company also set up a specialized environment working group with the Electronic industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) to deal with the issue. The Cupertino California company is also helping to fund a new study on mining in the region to “better understand the situation.” The EICC’s mission statement claims the body was created to “enable companies to improve the social and environmental conditions in the global electronics supply chain.” Members are required to comply with guideline set forth by the EICC bylaws.
According to Apple, 249 of its suppliers use tin in their products, which source the metal from 64 tin smelters. The company notes their smelter list is constantly changing. It’s unclear what products contain the potentially illegally mined tin, though it should be noted that a bulk of Apple’s devices contain the metal.
It’s nice to see that Apple cares about the responsibility of their suppliers and that the company would go out of their way to make sure everything was done fairly.
via The Verge