Exactly five years ago, Intel pledged to eliminate conflict minerals, including tin, tungsten and tantalum from its products. In 2014, the company claimed that it its processors are free from conflict particles. Now the company says it’s completely conflict free — nothing the company ships in 2016 will be made with conflict minerals.
CEO Brian Krzanich made the announcement at CES 2016 Tuesday evening, beaming with pride that his company was no longer contributing to the burdens of the region. “My hope is that Intel can influence an entirely new and different way of doing business,” he told the crowd. Customers will start seeing a new “conflict free” logo on Intel products later this year. The issue seems to have become a passion for Krzanich in recent years. A trailer of Merci Congo was screened at CES which is an upcoming documentary about the human consequences of dealing in conflict minerals.