Contributing to the development of a DRC conflict free supply chain.
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. For that reason, Qualcomm is active in multi stakeholder efforts to improve responsible sourcing of the tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold in both our own products and the global electronics supply chain. We are making progress: assessment of our semiconductor products indicates that tantalum in our supply chain is DRC conflict free.
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.
A clear path for suppliers.
We expect all of our manufacturing suppliers to provide conflict minerals that are sourced responsibly and are DRC conflict free. We have implemented the due diligence framework set forth in 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, and we expect our suppliers to do the same.
We strongly support such industrywide efforts as the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI), Conflict Free Smelter Program (CFSP), including participating in CFSP pre-audit smelter and refiner visits, as well as the development of the CFSI Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT). We require that our semiconductor manufacturing suppliers use the CFSP-compliant smelters and encourage non-compliant smelters to participate in the CFSP. As more smelters and refiners are validated through the CFSP, our Company, along with the entire electronics industry, will move closer to achieving a DRC conflict free supply chain.
Responsible in-region sourcing.
We strongly support on-the-ground and in-region responsible sourcing initiatives in the DRC and adjoining countries. In addition to the activities outlined above, we have joined the Public Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade and iTSCi, the tin industry’s initiative to create sustainable and traceable sourcing of tin from the region. We also participate in the Responsible Sourcing Network’s multi-stakeholder efforts to support responsible sourcing efforts from the region.
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.
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