AMD is taking steps to break the link between the trade in minerals and ongoing conflict and human rights abuses in Central Africa.
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 2016. 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.
|SMELTERS OR REFINERS|
100% of conflict mineral smelters or refiners identified in AMD’s supply chain have been independently audited, are in-process, or are eligible to participate in the CFSP audit process.
AMD’s primary silicon wafer foundries are conflict-free.2
For questions on conflict minerals, contact AMD at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AMD suppliers shall not knowingly, through trade in Subject Minerals, directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed groups in the DRC region:
- 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.
In an effort to break the link between minerals trade and conflict in the DRC, a provision of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”) requires certain companies using any of four minerals (tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold) to identify their mine of origin. By tracking and publicly reporting this information, the public can choose products that have no link to the conflict in Central Africa (in other words, are “conflict-free”). Through transparency and market pressure, the goal of the policy is to reduce or eliminate funding to armed groups creating conflict in the DRC.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a final rule for tracking conflict minerals on August 22, 2012. This rule sets out the due diligence and reporting requirements for U.S. public companies for tracing the sources of tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold that are necessary to the functionality or production of their products. If these conflict minerals are found to originate from the DRC or an adjoining country (the “DRC region”), companies may be required to file an independently audited report with the SEC.
- Based on information provided to AMD by our manufacturing suppliers and the CFSI as of March 31, 2017
- Based on silicon wafers received from GLOBALFOUNDRIES and TSMC as of March 31, 2017