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What's in your technology may shock you...
  • 8+
    Installed lamps and bulbs in the U.S.
  • $201
    Consumer electronics sold in 2013.
  • 1+
    Cars on the road.
Your daily life requires vital minerals that may originate in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and other countries.
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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.
Tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold are referred to as conflict minerals.
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Carolyn Duran and the Pursuit of Conflict-Free2
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million casualties
Most brutal 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 partners, by working to eliminate conflict minerals that fund violence from our supply chain.
Find out more about the region, its people and the issues surrounding conflict minerals3.
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The sourcing of minerals from the DRC and adjoining countries also supports the livelihoods of the people who live there. It is Intel's goal to use tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold in our products that do not directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed groups in the DRC or adjoining countries while continuing to support responsible mineral sourcing in the region. We're examining our supply chain to eliminate conflict minerals that finance violence and are working with industry partners to establish a smelter validation process. This Conflict-Free Smelter Program (CFSP) is a third-party audit process designed to validate smelter sourcing practices, providing a mechanism to obtain minerals from conflict-free sources while providing safer alternatives for local workers.
We are proud to manufacture the world's first commercially available conflict-free microprocessors2.
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Look for this to identify Intel® processors that are DRC conflict-free.
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Look for this to identify others dedicated to conflict-free sourcing and products.
But there's much work left to do...
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We've all heard about "blood diamonds," but conflict minerals are not yet as widely recognized or understood.
One of the biggest challenges we face is raising awareness of the issue and inspiring action on a large scale.
Once informed, no one is OK with this situation. With the facts, we become more powerful citizens and consumers. Please join our mission to raise awareness and drive action to build the momentum behind the movement.
It's never too late to do the right thing, and the time is now.
Here you'll find a group of regional and international organizations3 addressing a wide range of issues related to the concerns in the DRC and the Greater Lakes Region. Focal points include industry standards and cooperation, education and economic opportunity, gender equality, and social justice.
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The Enough Project
The Enough Project
The Enough Project fights to end genocide and crimes against humanity, focused on areas where some of the world's worst atrocities occur. We get the facts on the ground, use rigorous analysis to determine the most sustainable solutions, influence political leaders to adopt our proposals, and mobilize the American public to demand change.
Falling Whistles
Falling Whistles
Falling Whistles (FW) is a campaign to build a coalition of advocates and activists through local chapters around the world. To grow this coalition, FW creates educational tools and events to rally the world around peace in Congo.
Forum for African Women Educationalist
Forum for African Women Educationalist
The Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) is a pan-African NGO working in 33 African countries to empower girls and women through gender-responsive education. Through education of women and girls, livelihoods are improved for entire communities, civic education and liberties are enhanced and social and political exclusion are overcome.
RESOLVE builds strong, enduring solutions to environmental, social, and health challenges by helping community, business, government, and NGO leaders get results and create lasting relationships through collaboration. Resolve's work with electronics companies over conflict minerals has provided valuable insights and allowed stakeholders to develop and test solutions.
Responsible Sourcing Network
Responsible Sourcing Network
Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN), a project of the nonprofit organization As You Sow, is dedicated to ending human rights abuses and forced labor associated with the raw materials found in products we use every day. RSN builds responsible supply chain coalitions of diverse stakeholders including investors, companies, and human rights advocates. Currently, RSN works with network participants to leverage their influence in the areas of conflict minerals from the Congo and forced labor in the cotton fields of Uzbekistan to create positive change for brands, consumers, and the impacted communities.
Jewish World Watch
Jewish World Watch
Founded in 2004 on Jewish experience and values, Jewish World Watch (JWW) is a global coalition that includes schools, churches, individuals, communities, and partner organizations that share a vision of a world without genocide. Currently focused on the ongoing crises in Sudan and eastern Congo, JWW partners with on-the-ground organizations to develop high-impact projects that improve the lives of survivors and help build the foundation for a safer world, while inspiring communities to support tangible projects and advocate for political change.
Peace One Day
Peace One Day
Peace One Day is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness worldwide of September 21st as an annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence. Peace One Day's focus, between 2014 and 2016, is a major campaign in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Great Lakes region of Africa (focusing on Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania) to engage with all sectors of society in the region, encouraging all parties and coalitions to stand together in the name of peace, so that a significant level of non-violence and ceasefire (in conflict-affected areas) can be achieved on Peace Day by 2016.
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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. "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.
3. The views and opinions expressed in this content or by these organizations are their own and do not necessarily reflect those of Intel. Inclusion of this content or these organizations does not indicate direct endorsement or support by Intel.
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