The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been the site of one of the world's worst humanitarian crises throughout the last decade. Illegal armed groups and some Congolese national military units regularly commit human rights abuses while being supported by the trade of minerals. Some have linked this egregious situation to the trade in raw minerals from the DRC, spotlighting the uses of minerals in everyday products such as mobile phones, computers and other electronics. Conflict Minerals generally consist of cassiterite, columbite-tantalite, wolframite and/or gold determined to be financing conflicts in the DRC or an adjoining country. For the purposes of this policy, AMD uses the definition of "Conflict Minerals" found in the
SEC conflict minerals rule.
AMD is committed to achieving conflict-free certified sourcing of materials used in products.
AMD is a founder and supporter of the
Public-Private Alliance (PPA) for Responsible Minerals Trade, which is 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 an active participant in the
Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI), which oversees independent third-party audits of smelters and refiner procurement and processing activities to determine if the smelter or refiner processes Subject Minerals originating from conflict-free sources.
AMD believes that an effective approach has three fundamental elements:
- A mineral certification program that enables the traceability and certification of minerals mined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo 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; and
- Due diligence to verify that tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold in AMD’s finished products can be traced to a certified conflict-free smelter.
AMD works with its suppliers to identify the smelters and refiners (SORs) of origin within its supply chain for Subject Materials utilizing the standardized tracing processes developed by Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative and to transition over to conflict-free sources. AMD collected 100% of CMRTs from its active suppliers1 for 2015. AMD then compares the list of alleged SORs from its supplier submissions with the
Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative’s list of known smelters for third-party confirmation and current compliance status. Given that SORs are several steps removed from AMD, full understanding of the conflict status of the Subject Materials in our supply chain will take some time.
100% of conflict mineral smelters or refiners identified in AMD’s supply chain have been independently audited or are active in CFSP audit process.2
AMD’s primary silicon wafer foundries are conflict-free.3
Download AMD’s 2016 Form SD Conflict Minerals Disclosure and Report
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