Tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold are referred to as conflict minerals. They are integral to the technology and other things we rely on every day. Everything from laptops, phones, and tablets to cars, airplanes, lighting, and jewelry contain tin, tantalum, tungsten, and/or gold, which are referred to as "conflict minerals"2. Militias and rebel groups sometimes fund their violent conflict with money derived from the sale of these minerals.
Did you know that procurement of tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold sometimes fund the efforts of warlords and rebels in distant parts of the globe?2 We are working with partners to make a difference, but there is much still to be done. Find out more about the region, its people, and the issues surrounding conflict minerals3 by reading the following articles.
The sourcing of minerals from the DRC and adjoining countries also supports the livelihoods of the people who live there. It is Intel's goal to use tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold in our products that do not directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed groups in the DRC or adjoining countries, while continuing to support responsible mineral sourcing in the region. We're examining our supply chain to eliminate conflict minerals that finance violence and are working with industry partners to establish a smelter validation process. This Conflict-Free Smelter Program (CFSP) is a third-party audit process designed to validate smelter sourcing practices, providing a mechanism to obtain minerals from conflict-free sources while providing safer alternatives for local workers.
Conflict-free sourcing policy in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
United States Securities and Exchange Commission.
Intel’s efforts to achieve a “conflict-free” supply chain.
Transparency is at the heart of our commitment.
Submit a request to receive Intel's Conflict Minerals Declaration.
See Intel's supply chain expectations concerning conflict-free minerals.
One of the biggest challenges we face is raising awareness of the issue and inspiring action on a large scale. Once informed, no one is okay with this situation. With the facts, we become more powerful citizens and consumers. Please join our mission to raise awareness and drive action to build the momentum behind the movement. It's never too late to do the right thing, and the time is now.
Enough Project fights to end genocide and crimes against humanity.
Falling Whistles is a campaign for peace in Congo. The whistle is a symbol of protest. Wear your protest and be a whistleblower for peace.
FAWE promotes gender equity and equality in education in Africa by fostering positive policies, practices and attitudes towards girls’ education.
JWW is a leader in the fight against genocide and mass atrocities, engaging individuals and communities to take local actions for global results.
Peace One Day is dedicated to raising awareness worldwide of Sept. 21st as an annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence.
Resolve builds strong, enduring solutions to environmental, social, and health changes.
RSN champions human rights with vulnerable communities in the mining and harvesting of raw materials found in products we use every day.
Moving women in conflict-affected countries from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency.
World Pulse uses the power of digital media to connect women worldwide and bring them a global voice.
The Enough Project fights to end genocide and crimes against humanity, focused on areas where some of the world's worst atrocities occur. They get the facts on the ground, use rigorous analysis to determine the most sustainable solutions, influence political leaders to adopt proposals, and mobilize the American public to demand change.
"Conflict free" and "conflict-free" means "DRC conflict free", which is defined by the U.S. 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. We also use the term "conflict-free" in a broader sense to refer to suppliers, supply chains, smelters, and refiners whose sources of conflict minerals do not finance conflict in the DRC or adjoining countries.
"Conflict minerals", as defined by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), is a broad term that means tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold, regardless of whether these minerals finance conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) or adjoining countries.
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