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 four on-site and one remote conflict minerals verification assessments of due diligence activities performed by integrated circuit direct suppliers. The assessments included identifying improvement opportunities and corrective actions.

Responsible In-Region Sourcing

Approximately 5% of processing facilities reported by our direct suppliers were confirmed as sourcing conflict minerals from the DRC or adjoining countries, and all of those processing facilities have been validated as CFSP-compliant.

CFSP Site Visits

We participated in five CFSP site visits to processing facilities in Asia to encourage participation in the CFSP. Of the five processing facilities visited, four became CFSP-compliant during the reporting period.

Processing Facility Progress

From reporting year 2015 to 2016, CFSP-compliant processing facilities in our integrated circuit products supply chain increased from 142 to 180.

100% Survey Response

We requested reasonable country of origin information and received responses from 100% of our direct suppliers.

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 by supporting industry-wide efforts to drive transparency in the supply chain and by expecting that our suppliers obtain materials from environmentally and socially responsible sources, including conflict free sources within the DRC and adjoining countries.

Progress in our supply chain.

Increasing the number of processing facilities participating in the Conflict Free Smelter Program (CFSP)

Note: CFSP-compliant processing facilities are compliant with the CFSP audit protocols and include processing facilities currently undergoing a re-audit or processing facilities certified by the LBMA or RJC. CFSP-active processing facilities have committed to undergo a CFSP audit. Non-participating processing facilities meet the definition of a smelter or refiner under the CFSP protocols but are not participating in the CFSP.

Supporting in-region efforts.

We believe it is important not only to continue to promote responsible in-region sourcing but also to contribute to on-the-ground development efforts in the Great Lakes Region. It’s also critical that a broad range of stakeholders continues 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.


With Qualcomm’s support, Pact is developing a graphic training manual to address the most common and serious risks for artisanal miners at mine sites in Katanga, Congo, based on a mining engineer’s recommendations for health and safety.
Our work with Pact is one example of how we are advancing the objective of improving quality of life for miners and their families.

Unconflicted Mineral Traceability in Africa's Great Lakes Region

Jan 11, 2016


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.

Questions about conflict minerals?