Intel and Enough know it is not possible
The biggest problem for both Intel and Enough Project is much simpler - both organizations know that it is impossible for Intel to do what they said they could, remove ALL "conflict minerals" from their supply chain the way they said they did it.
Exclusively utilizing the ITRI "bag and tag" and the EICC smelter certification program, which exclusively utilizes the ITRI "bag and tag" will NEVER keep "conflict minerals" out of the supply chain.
I suggested the ITRI that simply including the tried and true XRF technology would get them to where they want to get to. ITRI and EICC trade group ( which are owned by the minerals traders, smelters and Intel's' and Apples and all the major electronics manufacturers) since 2008 have steadfastly entertained ANY changes to the "bag and tag" process.
Now on the idea of corruption and transparency - how difficult is it in the east of the RDC or Rwanda (where I managed 3,800 miners) do you think it is to forge a "country of origin" document for a shipment that contains 24 mt of SN at $22,000 ~ /24 ton. Now 1 kg of TA has a value of approx $350...and it cost perhaps $10 per kg to buy the TA from the miners. How much money it there in a container of TA (tantalum) (24 mt) ?
And people who live in California or Washington DC can stand up at CES 2014 an announce that they have the situation under-control...when none of them have spent more than 2 weeks in the DRC.
Why would Intel use the Key note speech of the CES 2014 show to announce such an accomplishment if not to sell more product and completely ignore the "reality on the ground"?
My question for Intel is what other nasty secrets are contained inside their latest product offering?
I asked @bkrunner for an answer but since news broke he has yet to answer any of us who are asking the same question. I suggest everyone ask until they come clean....and pass on buying until they do...ALL of the EICC (Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition) members.
Perhaps they should stop fixing their gold games and racing sailboats until the pay attention to a situation they collectively correct 5 yeas ago.