Intel: Undermining the Conflict Mineral Industry (pdf abstract)

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By: Andrew Hoffman

Description: Intel Corporation is a leading manufacturer of components found in nearly all electronics.Intel became aware that its supply chain for tantalum, tun, tungsten, and gold was fueling one of the deadliest conflicts since World War II. To remedy this, the company broke ground to develop a transparent and conflict-free mineral supply chain, but questioned if its efforts would be followed industry-wide. This case offers students the opportunity to evaluate the impact of a business’s involvement in societal affairs to develop strategies for multiple-stakeholder engagements and in-depth analysis into supply chain management.

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Teaching Points: After reading and discussing this case, students should be able to:

  • Identify how multiple stakeholders cooperate to resolve problems of shared concern.
  • Articulate the degree to which corporations hold responsibility for the impacts of their operations.
  • Evaluate a supply chain to determine policies that increase a sustainable and transparent supply chain.
  • Describe the intersection of human rights, societal issues, and business operations to create competitive advantages.