Apple refuses to purchase raw materials from African companies sponsoring criminal organizations




Apple refuses to purchase raw materials in businesses that sponsor warring regimes in Central Africa. Thus, the company seeks to eliminate their capital from the war zone, such as, for example, the Republic of Congo, and to prevent its use for criminal purposes.


Since 2012, American companies used in the production of tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold, are required to report to the Commission on Securities and Exchange Commission on the origin of raw materials. Proceeds from the sale of minerals from the Congo and other Central African countries can be used to finance criminal organizations involved in military conflicts taking place there.

As stated in the report of Apple, the company requires metallurgical enterprises supplying her materials, conduct audits to ensure that the raw materials come from the non-warlords and criminal organizations. Checks done by independent auditors in accordance with the rules developed by the Organization Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative.

225 135 Apple suppliers have been tested, and 64 are in the process of audit, the report said. Of the 24 suppliers from Central Africa test was 21. Another company is preparing for verification, and one by now closed.

If the remaining 26 companies did not start the audit, Apple is ready to refuse to work with them. Last year, Apple stopped buying materials from the three companies refused to conduct the audit.

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