Apple is ignoring Congo’s accusations over conflict materials

Apple has been asked to verify that it doesn’t use “conflict minerals” in the iPhone

Lawyers for the Congo government say that Apple has not responded to its requests over the use of conflict minerals in the iPhone and other devices — and that it has new evidence against the company.

In April 2024, lawyers representing the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) wrote to Tim Cook asking for proof that the company is not using minerals mined from areas that profit militant groups. Apple has previously stated that it does not, but the lawyers said that its claims were inadequate.

The law firm Amsterdam & Partners gave Apple three weeks to respond. But according to Reuters, four weeks after the letter, the lawyers are saying that Apple has “has remained silent and neither answered nor even acknowledged receipt of the questions.”

There are no details of what the new evidence is. Also, at time of writing, Amsterdam & Partners has not published a statement on its website or social media accounts.

Apple has not commented on the latest statement. However, it has previously claimed to have ceased working with suppliers who were flouting the rules over the sourcing of tin, tungsten, and tantalum from such regions.

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