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 conflict minerals verification assessments of due diligence activities at four integrated circuit direct supplier sites in 2019.
We provided funding to the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) Foundation’s Initial Audit Fund to support the development of smelter and refiner training materials.
We requested reasonable country of origin information and received responses from all direct suppliers of our integrated circuit products.
Approximately 5 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.
From reporting year 2018 to 2019, RMAP-Conformant processing facilities in our integrated circuit products supply chain increased from 248 to 258.
We support responsible minerals sourcing through our participation in the 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.
We believe it’s important to promote responsible in-region sourcing and to contribute to on-the-ground development efforts in the Great Lakes Region. A broad range of stakeholders must continue to work together if we are to make a responsible supply chain a reality and improve economic conditions on the ground in the DRC and adjoining countries.
Since 2014, Pact and Qualcomm have been working to improve health and safety at mine sites across Congo; training artisanal miners on the most common and serious risks; and building a safety culture among workers, site owners, and financiers. Our collaboration with Pact is an example of how we’re advancing our shared objective to improve quality of life for miners and their families.
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.