Environmentalists happy to see reduced use of conflict minerals
Greenpeace this week read through Apple’s 2014 Supplier Responsibility Report and liked what it saw. The group’s Energy Campaigner issued a statement lauding Apple’s management.After the release of Apple’s 2014 Supplier Responsibility Report, Greenpeace Energy Campaigner Tom Dowdall said in a statement, “Apple's increased transparency about its suppliers is becoming a hallmark of Tim Cook's leadership at the company.”
Dowdall added, “Apple has flexed its muscles in the past to push suppliers to remove hazardous substances from products and provide more renewable energy for data centers, and it is proving the same model can work to reduce the use of conflict minerals.”
In the respective report, Apple put emphasis on tantalum and how the company sources this rare earth for the manufacturing of various device parts.
The Cupertino company has confirmed that all of its active, identified tantalum smelters are validated as conflict-free by third-party auditors.