AMD is taking steps to break the link between the trade in minerals and ongoing conflict and human rights abuses in Central Africa. To this end, AMD believes that an effective approach has three fundamental elements:
- An “in-region” mineral certification program that enables the traceability and certification of minerals mined in the DRC and adjoining countries (the “DRC region”)
- A conflict-free smelter program that enables third-party validation of each smelter’s sourcing practices and a determination of whether its sources are conflict-free
- Due diligence to verify that tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold in AMD’s finished products can be traced to a certified conflict-free smelter
Definitions: For the purposes of this policy, AMD uses the definition of “Conflict Minerals” found in the
SEC conflict minerals rule. Conflict Minerals generally consist of cassiterite, columbite-tantalite, wolframite and/or gold determined to be financing conflicts in the DRC or an adjoining country. Finished metals potentially derived from Conflict Minerals in AMD products are tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold. For the purposes of this policy, these finished metals and the minerals from which they are derived are referred to as “Subject Materials.”
Supplier Requirements: AMD suppliers shall not knowingly contribute to conflict or human rights violations in the DRC region through trade in Subject Materials:
- AMD suppliers shall have documented policies and procedures to demonstrate that the Subject Materials they procure are sourced in accordance with this policy; and
- AMD suppliers, to the extent reasonably practicable, shall trace the Subject Materials they supply to AMD to a smelter certified under the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (EICC/GeSI) Conflict-Free Smelter Program.
AMD Actions to Implement Policy: AMD is implementing procedures designed to ascertain the sources and conflict status of Subject Materials in AMD products:
- AMD is a founder and supporter of the public-private alliance (PPA) for Responsible Minerals Trade focused on helping the DRC and other governments in the region break the link between the illicit minerals trade and the ongoing violence and human rights abuses; and
- AMD is an active participant in the EICC/GeSI Conflict Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI). Through this collaborative approach we have developed a system for tracking the Subject Materials from the smelter through the electronics industry’s supply chain.
AMD’s progress to date: AMD is working to identify the smelters and refiners (SORs) of origin within our supply chain, for Subject Materials utilizing the standardized tracing processes developed by EICC/GeSI. When sufficient numbers of conflict-free certified SORs exist, AMD will work with our suppliers to transition over to conflict-free sources. Given that SOR’s are several steps removed from AMD, full understanding of the conflict status of the Subject Materials in our supply chain will take some time.
As this understanding evolves, AMD will keep our customers and stakeholders apprised of our progress by publishing our EICC/GeSI conflict minerals reporting template. This template includes the tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold SORs that AMD suppliers have reported as of the revision date of the template. AMD will refresh this information annually, on or before the May 31 compliance deadline for submission to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). AMD will also issue updates to the template throughout the year with an anticipated cadence of each calendar quarter. For questions on conflict minerals, contact AMD at