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Where Can You Find the World’s First Conflict-Free Processors? Look Inside.™

Dedication to a responsible supply chain leads to responsible innovation and products

Did you know violent militias and rebel groups control many mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and surrounding countries, reaping millions of dollars from the sale of minerals extracted by exploited workers to fund conflict and human rights violations? With a firm conviction that a corporation can make a positive difference in the lives of global citizens by changing the way it does business, Intel is leading efforts to help address this problem by striving to eliminate these so-called “conflict minerals” from our supply chain. And today we are proud to offer the world’s first conflict-free1 microprocessors as one major step on this continuing journey.

Efforts on the ground and across the world

Most electronic devices, including cell phones, PCs, servers, and the processors that power them, contain gold, tantalum, tin, or tungsten. Some of these minerals, referred to as conflict minerals2, originate in the DRC, where violence, genocide, and other crimes against humanity occur. Armed militias and rebel groups exploit Congolese workers who mine the minerals, while reaping millions of dollars in profits for themselves. These profits are often used to fuel further violence. 

Starting several years ago, Intel engaged in a thorough supply-chain effort to address the use of these conflict minerals in the manufacture of our products.2 A simple ban on minerals from DRC was not the answer, since it would deprive Congolese people of one of their few sources of income. Instead, Intel developed and implemented systems and processes to ensure the gold, tantalum, tin, and tungsten used in our products are not inadvertently supporting conflict in the DRC.

In support of our efforts, Intel led the development with industry partners of an audit and verification system at smelters where raw ore is refined into metals. To date, Intel has visited more than 70 smelters in 20 countries to provide education on conflict minerals and encourage participation in the Conflict Free Smelter Program and other independent 3rd party smelter validation audits. Intel continues to support efforts to develop strong systems that enable responsible sourcing from the DRC.

Leading the way toward conflict-free

While many industries and companies use these minerals, Intel is recognized as a leader for its commitment, collaboration, and innovation in support of conflict-free supply chains and products. Intel has co-chaired industry working groups on the issue of conflict metals, recognizing that broad collaborative efforts are needed to solve this complex problem. In addition to a call-to-action to the electronics industry, the company has rallied for cross-industry action—calling on jewelry, automotive, medical instrumentation, and other manufacturers to put the systems in place to remove conflict metals from their supply chains and ultimately their products. 

As a result of its efforts, Intel is manufacturing the world's first microprocessors validated as conflict-free1 for gold, tantalum, tin, and tungsten.

However, Intel also understands this journey is far from complete. This problem cannot be solved by one company alone, and Intel encourages others, both industry and consumers alike, to join our continuing efforts to tackle this important global issue. By making faster and deeper strides toward conflict-free supply chains and fostering greater understanding and curiosity about what’s inside the products we buy, we can move more quickly toward improving the situation in the DRC and the surrounding region.

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Corporate action matters

The people of Intel are working to do the right thing when it comes to sourcing ethically produced materials, even when it’s the hard thing to do. We are compelled by an obligation to implement changes in our supply chain that ensures our business and our products are not inadvertently funding human atrocities in the world. 

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Product choice matters

We take pride in the fact that when consumers purchase products made with Intel® processors inside, they have taken an important step in making a responsible purchase choice. But Intel can’t do it alone. We invite other companies to join the cause to create conflict-free products. If we can do it, so can you. 

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Your voice matters

Individuals have the greatest potential to drive change. As consumers, we can get curious about what is in the products we buy and ask the companies we buy from where they stand on conflict-free. Individuals who choose products that are not causing harm in other regions of the world can help drive necessary change.

Additional Resources

CES 2014 Panel Discussion

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At CES 2014, Intel’s CEO and activists, including actor Robin Wright, discuss the quest for conflict-free technology and call upon industry leaders to join.

See and hear what they had to say >

Conflict Minerals Sourcing Policy

Our Conflict Minerals Sourcing Policy outlines our commitment to addressing the issue of conflict minerals.

Read our policy >

Get the whole story

Our conflict minerals white paper details our journey to ensure our supply chains are “DRC conflict-free.”

Read our white paper >

Our latest Corporate Responsibility Report details how we are building the supply chain of the future.

Read our 2012 Corporate Responsibility Report >

Building the supply chain of the future is not only about ensuring resilience and reliability, it requires a commitment to being responsible across many factors, including conflict minerals.

Learn more about our supply chain responsibility >

The Enough Project*

Read about the efforts to raise awareness and take action to address human rights crimes in the DRC.

Visit The Enough Project >

Contact us

We are committed to operating with transparency, as this holds us accountable and encourages two-way dialogue with our stakeholders. If you have a question or concern, please let us know.

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1. Definimos a los productos “libres de conflictos” como aquellos que han sido fabricados con metales de fundiciones que han sido validadas por el programa de fundiciones libres de materiales procedentes de zonas en conflicto (CFS) de EICC y GeSI, o según lo determine otro país de origen y su debida diligencia, como “libres de conflictos de DRC”, tal como se usa ese término en sentido legal.

2. El término “materiales en conflicto” es definido por la ley federal como la columbita-tantalita (el mineral metálico del cual se extrae el tantalio), la casiterita (el mineral metálico del cual se extrae el estaño), la volframita (el mineral metálico del cual se extrae el tungsteno) y el oro. El término cubre ampliamente estos minerales a nivel internacional, pero el foco de la ley radica en la posibilidad de que la minería y la venta de estos minerales de la República Democrática del Congo (DRC) o países vecinos puedan estar financiando el conflicto armado.