But it turns out that a Boston mining company, Cabot Corp., is one of the few processors in the world of tantalum, which is used in common electronics products that we all use every day.
Cabot -- which does not mine any tantalum in Congo -- is hosting a conference in April in Boston of members of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition to make sure the industry only uses tantalum that is mined responsibly.
My colleague Emily Sweeney wrote a fascinating story in the Globe this week about the exploitative mining of tantalum and other minerals, and traces how Cabot and others are working to ensure they don't buy such "conflict minerals." The electronics coalition includes 40 global companies, among them Cabot, Dell, Apple, Intel, EMC Corp. and Best Buy.
Sweeney writes: The Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition and another industry group, the Global e-Sustainability Initiative, are working to develop a way to certify smelters who obtain tantalum through “socially and environmentally responsible mines’’ in Congo and surrounding countries."
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About James F. SmithJim Smith came home to his native Boston in 2002 to become the Boston Globe's foreign editor after spending 22 years abroad. He was previously based in Buenos Aires and Mexico City for the LA Times, and in Johannesburg, Tokyo and The Hague for the AP. In 2007 he became the Globe's national political editor, coordinating presidential campaign coverage. He is a Yale graduate, and has an MBA. He is married to Maxine Hart and has two sons, Matthew and Daniel.
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