Most electronics companies are simply waiting for the final regulations implementing the “conflict minerals” declaration inserted as Section 1502 into the Dodd Frank Act in 2010. Others are preparing now for the impending requirement, by working closely with the EICC’s progressive efforts and asking suppliers about their readiness to determine whether any “conflict mine” metals are in their products. And some, like Intel, Motorola, Dell, and AMD, have been ahead of policymakers in dealing with these issues, according to Aaron Hall of Enough Project, a human-rights organization focused on this issue. But there’s one company, capacitor maker KEMET Corp., that’s taking conflict-free into its own hands. Kemet recently acquired Niotan Inc. — a leading manufacturer of tantalum powders — to take charge of a responsible “chain of custody” for its tantalum capacitors. We wonder…is this the start of “Fair-Trade Electronics?” more »
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