Conflict Free Minerals
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.
We conducted a conflict minerals verification assessment of due diligence activities at one integrated circuit direct supplier site in 2020.
We requested reasonable country of origin information and received responses from all direct suppliers that may provide necessary conflict minerals in our products.
Approximately 7 percent of processing facilities reported by our direct suppliers were confirmed as sourcing conflict minerals from the DRC or adjoining countries. All of those processing facilities have been validated as RMAP-Conformant.
We support responsible minerals sourcing through our participation in the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI), and the ITRI Supply Chain Initiative (iTSCi).
Note: RMAP-Conformant processing facilities are audited and found conformant with the relevant RMAP standard and include processing facilities currently undergoing a re-audit or processing facilities certified by the LBMA or RJC. RMAP-Active processing facilities have committed to undergo a RMAP audit but are not yet conformant. Non-Participating processing facilities meet or have met the definition of a smelter or refiner under the relevant RMAP standard but are not participating in the RMAP.
Qualcomm is aware of concerns that minerals mined in conflict-affected and high-risk areas, including in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and adjoining countries, may be making their way into the electronics industry supply chain and may be fueling human rights abuses, conflict, and environmental degradation.
Qualcomm is committed to the responsible sourcing of tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold in accordance with 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. We strive to provide DRC conflict free products and support industry-wide efforts to drive transparency in the supply chain. We expect our suppliers to obtain materials from environmentally and socially responsible sources, including conflict free sources within conflict-affected and high-risk areas.
In compliance with the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Qualcomm will report annually on our use of conflict minerals to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Find our most recent disclosure here.