Gartner Research

Closing the Loop on Tainted Minerals

Published: 30 May 2018

ID: G00356406

Analyst(s): Geraint John

Summary

Branded goods manufacturers are being held to higher standards on responsible sourcing than ever before. The focus is no longer just on "conflict minerals" — tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold — but also on cobalt, a key element in lithium-ion batteries for both smartphones and electric vehicles. Faced with greater public scrutiny, regulations and reputational risk, hi-tech and consumer electronics firms, like Apple, Intel and HP, have led the way in developing responsible mineral sourcing best practices. Now, these leaders are also working to design "closed-loop" supply chains that could eventually end their use of virgin metals and minerals altogether.

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