Intel is committed to being conscientious about the social impact of what goes into our products while continuing to support responsible sourcing of conflict minerals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and adjoining countries. In pursuit of a conflict-free supply chain, Intel aims to raise awareness about the conflict minerals issue and inspire consumers to make a conflict-free choice.
"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.
Intel uses a process called due diligence in responsibly sourcing conflict minerals. The design of our due diligence process conforms to the internationally recognized guidance from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and involves many steps, including gathering information from our suppliers about the origins of the conflict minerals contained in the materials they supply to us.
Due diligence can only provide reasonable – not absolute – assurance about the origin of the conflict minerals in our products. Because Intel is many steps removed in the supply chain from the mining of conflict minerals, we depend on supply chain information provided by our direct suppliers. We also rely on independent third party audit programs, such as the Conflict Free Smelter Program (CFSP), which audit smelters and refiners that process conflict minerals and identify those facilities that have systems in place to reasonably assure their products are "conflict-free". The information we receive from our suppliers may be inaccurate, and illegal acts like fraud or mineral smuggling could undermine the conclusions of independent third party audit programs and therefore the conflict-free conclusions made by Intel.
Please see our SEC Filing for more details on our due diligence process and other conflict minerals related information at conflict.mineral.free.