Supply chain accountability for conscientious innovation
Today, everything from phones and tablets to cars and airplanes contains gold, tantalum, tin, and/or tungsten. The minerals used to make these metals often originate in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where violent militias and rebel groups control their trade, exploiting workers, and financing violence—these are referred to as conflict minerals.
With our products at the heart of many of these devices, Intel believes we can make a difference by changing the way we do business. As a result, Intel, in collaboration with partners, is working to eliminate these conflict minerals from our supply chain. And today, as one major step on this continuing journey, we proudly manufacture the world's first commercially available microprocessors with materials from smelters validated as DRC conflict-free1,2.
Refining practices to affect change
Several years ago, Intel began re-examining our supply chain for ways to eliminate conflict minerals while still sourcing from the region to support the livelihoods and income of the Congolese people. With help from industry partners, Intel created new audit and verification systems and processes for smelters to ensure sourcing of only conflict-free materials. These efforts also led to the creation of the Conflict-Free Smelter Program, a third-party audit that identifies standards-compliant smelters. With visits to over 85 smelters in 21 countries, Intel is continuing to directly drive for responsible mineral sourcing.
A leader in the pursuit of conflict-free
Intel is recognized as a leader for our commitment, collaboration, and innovation in support of conflict-free supply chains and products. Intel has co-chaired industry working groups on the issue of conflict metals, recognizing that broad collaborative efforts are needed to solve this complex problem. We have also called on other industries to put in place the systems to remove metals derived from conflict minerals from their supply chains and ultimately their products.
1 "Conflict-free" means "DRC conflict free", which is defined by the US Securities and Exchange Commission rules to mean products that do not contain conflict minerals (tin, tantalum, tungsten and/or gold) that directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) or adjoining countries.
2 Intel has manufactured the world's first commercially available "conflict free" processors.
From manufacturers to consumers, Intel encourages others to join the continuing efforts to address this important global issue. Along with the organizations listed here, we are dedicated not only to conflict-free supply chains and products but also fostering greater curiosity, understanding, and action, so that together we can move more quickly toward improving the situation in the DRC and the surrounding region.
Intel understands that the successful pursuit of conflict-free supply chains and products must be a collective effort. We are committed to collaborating on best practices to accelerate progress and positive change and encourage our industry and other partners to do the same. We can't do this alone, and we're here to help.
Conflict Minerals Info
Our commitment and response to addressing the issue of conflict minerals is chronicled in the following documents.