Tantalum?! Amazon document is an inside peek at newest compliance woes for top brass

Amazon has just filed its annual “conflict” minerals report with the Securities and Exchange Commission on a detailed — and we mean detailed — survey of suppliers who might unwittingly work with armed groups committing war crimes in the Congo region.

Yes, it’s gold.

The scores of companies supply commodities for making Amazon’s Kindle e-readers and Fire tablets. Last year’s survey literally ran from A (Aida Chemical Industries Co. in Japan) to Z (Zijin Mining Group Co. Ltd. Gold Refinery in China) in nearly 60 countries on all seven continents. The minerals are gold, tin, tungsten, and tantalum. The bottom line:

“While, for 2015, we identified no suppliers that were sourcing minerals through a supply chain that benefitted armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo region, some of the suppliers for our Kindle/Fire products are still working to determine country of origin and facility information, and other suppliers are still investigating whether the facilities they identified were used to process the gold, tin, tungsten, or tantalum in our Kindle/Fire products.”

Related: SEC conflict reports explainer.

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