A “Conflict-Free” Minerals Goal

Intel has been regularly updating our progress on conflict minerals in white papers, Corporate Responsibility Reports and blogs. Recently, we set an internal goal around manufacturing a “conflict-free” microprocessor, and that goal was shared with Intel employees through a video by Brian Krzanich, Intel’s Chief Operating Officer. The video and goal were intended to inspire employees and set a challenging target for Intel.

We define a “conflict-free” microprocessor as a microprocessor that is made with metals (tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold) only from smelters that are validated to be conflict-free.  In reality, our products may already be free of conflict minerals,  but that’s the issue – you don’t really know unless you have a system to validate – which is what Intel and other industry members have been working towards.  This is still very much a stretch goal for us, as all of the pieces to achieve this goal have not yet come together.  We have mapped out most of the supply chain (over 90%) and have identified most of the smelters, but there are still some roadblocks and obstacles we need to overcome to achieve this very challenging goal.

In support of transparency, we decided to share the video externally and publish the goal in our latest U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission annual 10-K report. Intel has disclosed and integrated corporate responsibility information into our 10-K for a number of years, so it made sense to disclose the goal there.  I hope our goal will inspire other companies to set their own goals (either internal or external) around conflict minerals, and that collectively our efforts in the long-term will improve the situation in the DRC and surrounding region.

Read the new conflict-free microprocessor goal in our latest 10-K report.

6 thoughts on “A “Conflict-Free” Minerals Goal

  1. It is exciting that Intel and human rights groups are realizing the damage done by the defacto embargo on all minerals from DRC and are finally taking the steps to reach out a hand to help the legitimate artisanal miners. I have been involved with developing a co-op mine in South Kivu for a year and a half. Check out my blog at congomine.com for the story. We had to stop development just as we were ready to begin production because as soon as DF1502 went into effect last summer, there was no market for any ore from Eastern DRC. Finally now, it seems there is hope. I would be anxious to hear from anyone at Intel to lend my two cents of experience from the other end of your supply chain. Thank you.

  2. Dear Intel: I am a human rights activist for campaigns in east-central Africa. I have watched the conflict minerals issue in eastern Congo for some time. I GREATLY applaud your campaign for the elimination of conflict minerals from your products. I’m very pleased that you appreciate that legal mining in eastern Congo is essential to support “good economics” in a war torn area. Your actions will literally prevent people from being killed or maimed and women and girls from being raped (and a lot more!) I will let others know of Intel’s commitment. You also set the stage for other companies to do the same. Again…a heartfelt thank you to Intel! Steve Walker Denver Colorado

  3. Proud to see my good friends Bob, Jerry, the CSR team and BK leading the industry efforts on this issue. Nice job folks. And nice video.

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