Conflict Free Minerals

Striving for sourcing excellence.

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.

Supplier Verification Assessments

We conducted conflict minerals verification assessments of due diligence activities at four integrated circuit direct supplier sites in 2019.

Supporting Capacity Building

We provided funding to the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) Foundation’s Initial Audit Fund to support the development of smelter and refiner training materials.

Country of Origin Requests

We requested reasonable country of origin information and received responses from all direct suppliers of our integrated circuit products.

Responsible In-Region Sourcing

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.

Processing Facility Progress

From reporting year 2018 to 2019, RMAP-Conformant processing facilities in our integrated circuit products supply chain increased from 248 to 258.

Participation in Multi-Stakeholder Efforts

We support responsible minerals sourcing through our participation in the RBA, the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI), and the ITRI Supply Chain Initiative (iTSCi).

Progress in our supply chain.

Increasing the number of processing facilities participating in the Responsible Minerals Assurance Process (RMAP)

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’s Conflict Free Minerals Policy

Qualcomm is aware of concerns that minerals mined in conflict areas 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 violations and environmental degradation in the DRC region.

Qualcomm strives to provide DRC conflict free products. We 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 the DRC and adjoining countries.

Supporting in-region efforts.

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.

Complying with the Dodd-Frank Act.

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

Documents

2019 Conflict Minerals Report
Apr 15, 2020
2019 Form SD
Apr 15, 2020
2018 Conflict Minerals Report
May 10, 2019
2018 Form SD
May 10, 2019
2017 Conflict Minerals Report
May 18, 2018
2017 Form SD
May 18, 2018
2016 Conflict Minerals Report
May 12, 2017
2016 Form SD
May 12, 2017
2015 Conflict Minerals Report
May 10, 2016
2015 Form SD
May 10, 2016
2014 Conflict Minerals Report
May 19, 2015
2014 Form SD
Aug 20, 2015
2013 Conflict Minerals Report
Jun 8, 2014
2013 Form SD
Aug 20, 2015

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