AMD is taking steps to break the link between the trade in minerals and ongoing conflict and human rights abuses in Central Africa. To this end, 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.
Definitions: For the purposes of this policy, AMD uses the definition of “Conflict Minerals” found in the SECconflict minerals rule. Conflict Minerals generally consist of cassiterite, columbite-tantalite, wolframite and/or gold determined to be financing conflicts in the DRC or an adjoining country. Finished metals potentially derived from Conflict Minerals in AMD products are tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold. For the purposes of this policy, these finished metals and the minerals from which they are derived are referred to as “Subject Materials.”
Supplier Requirements: 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.
AMD Actions to Implement Policy: AMD is implementing procedures designed to ascertain the sources and conflict status of Subject Materials in AMD products by exercising due diligence consistent with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High Risk Areas. Part of this process includes supporting and relying on industry-wide initiatives:
- 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
- AMD is an active participant in the EICC/GeSI 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’s progress to date: AMD is working with our suppliers to identify the smelters and refiners (SORs) of origin within our supply chain for Subject Materials utilizing the standardized tracing processes developed by EICC/GeSI. When sufficient numbers of conflict-free certified SORs exist, AMD will work with our suppliers to transition over to conflict-free sources. Given that SOR’s are several steps removed from AMD, full understanding of the conflict status of the Subject Materials in our supply chain will take some time. For questions on conflict minerals, contact AMD at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Revised January 1, 2015