“Conflict minerals"1 from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) or adjoining countries (covered countries) are sometimes mined and sold by armed groups to fund civil violence and human rights violations.
Some of these minerals and the metals created from them (tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold) can make their way into the supply chains for products used around the world, including those in the electronics industry. Intel was one of the first companies to address the issue of conflict minerals in our supply chain, and we are working diligently to put the systems and processes in place that will enable us, with a high degree of confidence, to declare that our supply chains are “DRC conflict-free.”2
In 2012, we achieved our goal to manufacture microprocessors that are conflict-free for tantalum3 and are working toward our second goal of manufacturing the world’s first microprocessor validated as conflict-free for all four metals by the end of 2013. We believe that establishing and publishing these goals can help drive action and move our industry more quickly toward improving the situation in the DRC and the surrounding region.
We have determined that the most effective way to eliminate conflict minerals from the electronics supply chain is to implement a verification system at the smelter level, where the raw ore is refined into metals. So far, we have mapped over 90% of our supply chain and visited smelters in 20 countries.
Intel has committed considerable time and resources to educating suppliers, smelters, industry partners, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government representatives, and other stakeholders on the subject of conflict minerals.
We support initiatives that enable responsible “in-region” minerals trade from the DRC. This support is important, because the controversies surrounding mining in the DRC and Central Africa have driven down demand, and have inadvertently had a negative economic impact on legitimate miners.
Our Conflict Minerals Sourcing Policy outlines our commitment to addressing the issue of conflict minerals.
Our Conflict Minerals White Paper details our journey to ensure our supply chains are “DRC conflict-free.”
Our latest Corporate Responsibility Report details how we are building the supply chain of the future.
We are committed to operating with transparency, as this holds us accountable and encourages two-way dialogue with our stakeholders. If you have a question or concern, please let us know.
1. The term “conflict minerals” is defined in federal law as columbine-tantalite (the metal ore from which tantalum is extracted); cassiterite (the metal ore from which tin is extracted); wolframite (the metal ore from which tungsten is extracted); and gold. The term broadly covers these minerals on a worldwide basis, but the focus of the law is on the possibility that the mining and sale of these minerals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) or adjoining countries could be financing armed conflict.
2. We define “conflict-free” products as those manufactured with metals from smelters that have been validated by the EICC and GeSI CFS program, or other country of origin determination and due diligence, to be “DRC conflict free,” as that term is used in law.
3. As of December 2012, all tantalum smelters identified in our microprocessor supply chain had been validated to be “conflict-free” via the EICC and GeSI CFS program.