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.
Qualcomm shares international concerns about the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and adjoining countries. As part of our commitment to sourcing excellence, we’re working to ensure that the minerals in our products were not mined in ways that contribute to human rights violations in the DRC region. Our activities include:
We conducted conflict minerals verification assessments of due diligence activities at two integrated circuit direct supplier sites in 2018.
Every year from 2014 through 2018, Qualcomm ranked number one in our industry group in the Responsible Sourcing Network's annual conflict minerals investor guide.
We requested reasonable country of origin information and received responses from all direct suppliers of our integrated circuit products.
Approximately 4 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 2017 to 2018, RMAP Conformant processing facilities in our integrated circuit products supply chain changed from 251 to 248, which includes the RF360 Holdings joint venture and its internal fabrication facilities.
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).
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.
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.