Intel’s Efforts Are Helping Families in the Congo
Intel is creating a responsible supply chain to ensure minerals that finance violence don’t end up in the devices we use every day. We’re committed to using only conflict-free1 mineral resources, which means greater economic opportunities and safety for miners and their families. Now through third-party audits and direct validations by Intel’s supply chain organization, we have gone beyond just microprocessors to ensure that our broader product base will be conflict-free.
What Are Conflict Minerals?
Tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold are referred to as conflict minerals.2 They are integral to the technology and other things we rely on every day: from laptops, phones, and tablets to cars, airplanes, lighting, and jewelry. Militias and rebel groups in eastern Congo, funded by the sale of these minerals, have killed over 5 million people since 1998.
Learn more about our efforts to eliminate conflict minerals from our supply chain in the links below.
Improving Worker Livelihood
Conflict-Free Mines Help Improve the Livelihood for Workers
Knowing where the minerals are sourced from, companies can ensure they are using conflict-free resources and miners like Jean Marie can earn a fair wage to support their families.
Bag and Tag System Benefits
Miners Can Benefit More with the Bag and Tag System
In the past, armed groups could strike any time and take the miners’ profits away. Intel’s commitment to sourcing conflict-free minerals provide a safer working environment to miners like Richard.
Eastern Congo Mine Progress
Over 200 Mines in Eastern Congo Are Now Conflict-Free3
For so long, mining was an informal, lawless, and violent industry in Eastern Congo. Thanks to the efforts of NGOs like the Enough Project and companies like Intel, mines can now be conflict-free, allowing workers to make living wage and work in a peaceful setting.
Through the Enough Project's Conflict-Free Campus Initiative, thousands of individuals, students at more than 175 schools, and state legislatures are already voicing their demand for conflict-free products made with minerals from Congo. As a result, companies are beginning to change their practices so they don't lose this huge segment of their consumer market. Join the conflict-free movement by working with your campus or city to demand conflict-free products from Congo.
See Who Is Involved with Conflict-Free
The electronics industry is working with miners in the Democratic Republic of Congo to build a verifiable system so consumer devices can be built with conflict-free minerals. Meet the people behind this change for good and learn how to get involved.
Intel’s policy on sourcing minerals responsibly.
United States Securities and Exchange Commission.
Intel’s efforts to achieve a conflict-free supply chain.
Transparency is at the heart of our commitment.
Submit a request to receive Intel's Conflict Minerals Declaration.
See Intel's supply chain expectations concerning conflict-free minerals.
Product and Performance Information
"Conflict-free" refers to products, suppliers, supply chains, smelters, and refiners that, based on our due diligence, do not contain or source tantalum, tin, tungsten or gold (referred to as "conflict minerals" by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission) that directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or adjoining countries.
"Conflict minerals", as defined by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), is a broad term that means tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold, regardless of whether these minerals finance conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) or adjoining countries.
Source: Enough Project