Smart phone conflict metals – an annotated graphic

With the world positively agog at the release by Apple of its iPhone 5, and with similar gadgets from the likes of Nokia and Samsung wowing the masses lately, it seemed an apposite moment to share this graphic about the issue of conflict minerals potentially used in their production.

The Securities and Exchange Commission has ruled that companies like Apple must scrutinise the sources of four metals used in the production of such shiny high-tech trinkets and baubles as the iPhone 5, in order to determine that human rights abuses are not being committed during their mining. Tin, Tantalum, Gold and Tungsten are the four metals in question.

Click on the graphic for an expanded view.

Conflict minerals in smart phones
Conflict minerals in smart phones

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