Intel's Focus on Rwanda To Lead the Effort of Tracking Responsibly Secured Minerals Through Tech

Intel's Focus on Rwanda To Lead the Effort of Tracking Responsibly Secured Minerals Through Tech

By Russel A

Carts of mineral ore are hauled out of a mine run by Rutongo Mines Ltd., north of Kigali, Rwanda. A team from Intel's Responsible Minerals Program, as well as representatives of other tech firms, visited mineral-rich Rwanda in November 2019 as part of an industry effort to ensure a legal and ethical supply chain. Tin, tanatalum, tungsten and gold mined in the Central African country are key components of silicon chips that run today's smartphones, laptops, servers and other high-tech gear. (Credit: Walden Kirsch/Intel Corporation)

Workers approach a mountainside mine run by the Comikagi cooperative, near Nyamugali, Rwanda. A team from Intel’s Responsible Minerals Program, as well as representatives of other tech firms, visited mineral-rich Rwanda in November 2019 as part of an industry effort to ensure a legal and ethical supply chain. Tin, tanatalum, tungsten and gold mined in the Central African country are key components of silicon chips that run today’s smartphones, laptops, servers and other high-tech gear. (Credit: Walden Kirsch/Intel Corporation)

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On 20th August, the effort to responsibly track minerals begun in Rwanda, Central Africa about 5000 feet in the Northern Rwandese jungles. Led by Intel’s Adam Schafer and Erin Mitchell summed up their visit with the words. “we’re here to learn.” The duo visited six mines and refining facilities over a five day period.

Schafer is the director of Supply Chain Sustainability at Intel. In late 2019 they crisscrossed the mineral-rich Rwandan mountains and creeks in four-wheel vehicles passing through her trails and entrances.

In a share from Intel’s newsroom, the fact-finding mission was completed right before Covid-19 halted air travel. This new initiative will help guide the company’s  2030 Corporate Responsibility Goals as pertains to responsible sourcing.

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