Conflict-Free Sourcing Policy in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Conflict-Free Sourcing Policy in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Conflict-Free Sourcing Policy in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Conflict minerals1 originating from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are sometimes mined and sold by armed groups to “finance conflict characterized by extreme levels of violence”2. Some of these minerals and the metals created from them (such as tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold) can make their way into the supply chains of the products used around t...he world, including those in the electronics industry. Intel’s suppliers acquire and use minerals from multiple sources worldwide. As part of Intel’s commitment to corporate responsibility and respecting human rights in our own operations and in our global supply chain, it is Intel’s goal to seek to use conflict-free tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold in our products while continuing to support responsible in-region mineral sourcing from the DRC and adjoining countries.

Intel expects our suppliers to have in place policies and due diligence measures that will enable us to reasonably assure that products and components supplied to us containing conflict minerals are DRC conflict-free3. Intel expects our suppliers to comply with the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) Code of Conduct and conduct their business in alignment with Intel’s supply chain responsibility expectations.

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1

"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.

2Dodd-Frank Act Section 1502
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"Conflict-free" refers to products, suppliers, supply chains, smelters, and refiners that, based on our due diligence, do not contain or source tantalum, tin, tungsten or gold (referred to as "conflict minerals" by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission) that directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or adjoining countries.