Effective October 1, 2012, QUALCOMM Incorporated completed a corporate reorganization in which the assets of certain of its businesses and groups, as well as the stock of certain of its direct and indirect subsidiaries, were contributed to Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of QUALCOMM Incorporated. Learn more about these changes

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Conflict Free Minerals

Contributing to the development of a DRC conflict free supply chain

We share international concerns about the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and adjoining countries, and we are working to ensure that the mining of the minerals that end up in our products do not contribute to human rights violations in the region. For that reason, Qualcomm is active in multi stakeholder efforts to improve responsible sourcing of the tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold in both our own products and the global electronics supply chain. We are making progress: assessment of our semiconductor products indicates that tantalum in our supply chain is DRC conflict free.

A clear path for suppliers

We expect all of our manufacturing suppliers to provide conflict minerals that are sourced responsibly and are DRC conflict free. We have implemented the due diligence framework set forth in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas, and we expect our suppliers to do the same.

We strongly support such industrywide efforts as the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI), Conflict Free Smelter Program (CFSP), including participating in CFSP pre-audit smelter and refiner visits, as well as the development of the CFSI Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT). We require that our semiconductor manufacturing suppliers use the CFSP-compliant smelters and encourage non-compliant smelters to participate in the CFSP. As more smelters and refiners are validated through the CFSP, our Company, along with the entire electronics industry, will move closer to achieving a DRC conflict free supply chain.

Responsible in-region sourcing

We strongly support on-the-ground and in-region responsible sourcing initiatives in the DRC and adjoining countries. In addition to the activities outlined above, we have joined the Public Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade and iTSCi, the tin industry’s initiative to create sustainable and traceable sourcing of tin from the region. We also participate in the Responsible Sourcing Network’s multi-stakeholder efforts to support responsible sourcing efforts from the region.

Complying with the Dodd-Frank Act

In compliance with the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, we will report annually on our use of conflict minerals to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Find our most recent disclosure here.

Photo by: Patricia Jurewicz / Responsible Sourcing Network