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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.

There’s a little bit of the Congo in your pocket right now...

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.

Intel's Pursuit of Conflict-Free

Intel's Pursuit of Conflict-Free

Look Inside.™: Carolyn Duran and the Pursuit of Conflict-Free3.

Conflict minerals in your daily life

Conflict Minerals in Your Daily Digital Life

In everything we use — View conflict minerals in daily life.

The path of conflict minerals

The Conflict Mineral Journey

From the mine to you — Follow the path of conflict minerals across the globe.

Intel's Policy and  Reports

Intel's Policy and Reports

Intel's commitment and response to addressing the issue of conflict minerals is chronicled in the following documents.

Intel's Conflict Minerals Declaration

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).

Intel's Supply Chain Expectations

For Our Suppliers: Intel's Supply Chain Expectations

See Intel's supply chain expectations concerning conflict-free minerals.

Conflict Minerals: Good to Know

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.

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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. 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.