In a new report released by Apple on the supply of minerals useful in the manufacture of various components, the company reports that 18 foundries and refineries have been removed from the program for failing to comply with its environmental code.
Apple reports that the 18 foundries and refineries were unwilling to participate in third-party audits and that for this reason will no longer be part of the company’s supply chain.
Apple has struggled for years to ensure that suppliers of raw materials such as tin, tantalum, tungsten, gold and other minerals work responsibly, without any form of worker exploitation and without involve minors. Remember that these minerals are essential for making certain components used on iPhone, iPad, Mac, AirPods, Apple Watch and most Apple devices. In addition, the company no longer has suppliers that finance conflicts in war zones such as the Democratic Republic of Congo.
In 2019, Cupertino therefore eliminated 18 foundries and refineries that did not comply with the code of conduct imposed by the company, such as controls by third-party associations and respect for human rights.
However, Apple's ultimate goal is to supply only recycled raw materials and minerals for its entire product line.