Quest for a Responsible Mineral Supply Chain
Executive Summary: Intel takes very seriously the allegations that certain metals might be used in the electronics supply chain, and that profits from the sale of these metals may be fueling human rights atrocities around the globe. This issue of conflict minerals from the DRC and other emerging material risks used in the electronics and other industries is extremely complex, and resolution will require the commitment and cooperation of businesses, governments, development agencies, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). We expect our suppliers to source only materials from environmentally and socially responsible suppliers. However, due to the complexities of the metals supply chain, we are currently unable to verify the origin of all of the metals used in our products. Despite these challenges, we continue to work diligently to put the systems and processes in place that will enable us, with a high degree of confidence, to declare that our products are responsibly sourced. Our efforts on these minerals are focused in three main areas: (1) driving accountability and ownership within our own supply chain through smelter reviews and validation audits; (2) partnering with key industry associations, including the Responsible Mineral Initiative (RMI); and (3) working with both governmental agencies and NGOs such as Public-Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade (PPA) to support tools for traceability and capability building in conflict-affected and high-risk areas.