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 two integrated circuit direct supplier sites in 2018.
Approximately 4% 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 RMAP Conformant.
We ranked number one in our industry group in the Responsible Sourcing Network's annual conflict minerals investor guide in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
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 requested reasonable country of origin information and received responses from 100% of the direct suppliers of our integrated circuit products.
We participate in the following efforts to support responsible minerals sourcing: the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), formerly the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI), formerly the Conflict Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI), 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 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.
Note: RMAP Conformant processing facilities are conformant to the RMAP assessment standards and include processing facilities currently undergoing a re-assessment or processing facilities certified by the LBMA or RJC. RMAP Active processing facilities have committed to undergo an RMAP assessment. Eligible processing facilities meet the definition of a smelter or refiner under the RMAP standards but are not participating in the RMAP.
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.
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 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
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.