What's in your technology may shock you...
Over 8+ billion installed lamps and bulbs in the U.S.
Over $201 billion in consumer electronics sold in 2013
Over 1 billion cars on the road
Your daily life requires vital minerals that may originate in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and other countries. These minerals are integral to the technology and other things we rely on every day. Everything from laptops, phones, and tablets to cars, airplanes, lighting, and jewelry contain tin, tantalum, tungsten, and/or gold, which are referred to as "conflict minerals"1. Militias and rebel groups sometimes fund their violent conflict with money derived from the sale of these minerals.
With 5.4 million casualties, it's the deadliest conflict since WWII. Some conflict minerals from the DRC fuel and fund violence, and the abuse of basic human rights. Intel® products are at the heart of many mineral-dependent devices. We believe we can make a difference, together with our partners2, by working to eliminate conflict minerals from our supply chain.
Conflict Minerals in Your Daily Digital Life
In everything we use — View conflict minerals in daily life.
Intel's Policy and Reports
Intel's commitment and response to addressing the issue of conflict minerals is chronicled in the following documents.
For Our Customers: Intel's Conflict Minerals Declaration
Submit a request to receive Intel's Conflict Minerals Declaration (available on the EICC/GeSI Conflict Minerals Reporting Template).
For Our Suppliers: Intel's Supply Chain Expectations
See Intel's supply chain expectations concerning conflict-free minerals.
Industry Resources and More Information
Intel has worked with partners to initiate the Conflict-Free Smelter Program including third-party audits and verification systems to establish standards-compliant smelters. This ensures conflict-free materials are used, while providing safer alternatives for local workers.
- Intel Unveils Conflict-Free Processors: Will the Industry Follow Suit?
- Intel's Ban on Conflict Minerals Wows National Geographic Photographer
- Helter Smelter No More: Moving to Conflict-Free Minerals
- The New Face of African Conflict
1. "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.
2. The views and opinions expressed by these organizations are their own and do not necessarily reflect those of Intel. Inclusion of these organizations does not indicate direct endorsement or support of them by Intel.
3. "Conflict free" means "DRC conflict free", which is defined by SEC rules to mean products that do not contain conflict minerals (tin, tantalum, tungsten and/or gold) that directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed groups in the DRC or adjoining countries. We also use the term "conflict-free" in a broader sense to refer to suppliers, supply chains, smelters and refiners whose sources of conflict minerals do not finance conflict in the DRC or adjoining countries.