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Of 297 smelters reported in HP’s supply chain, 272 are conflict-free smelter program compliant, in process to become so, and/or that we reasonably believe exclusively source conflict minerals from recycled or scrap sources or from outside of the Covered Countries.
The exploitation of natural resources in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to fund groups engaged in extreme violence and human rights atrocities has generated global outrage and action. Of greatest concern are mineral precursors of the metals tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold (3TG)—known as “conflict minerals”.
HP conducts rigorous due diligence on conflict minerals across its diverse supply chain and works to catalyze responsible mineral sourcing. We will not rest until any connection between the minerals we use in our products and armed conflict is eliminated.
Eliminating the risks associated with conflict minerals from our supply chain
3TG metals are found in small amounts in virtually all HP electronic products.
The 3TG supply chain is complex, with up to ten stages between the smelters that purchase and process the ore into metals and HP. Our approach focuses on sourcing from smelters that participate in the Conflict Free Sourcing Initiative
Progress toward DRC Conflict Free
We track the number of 3TG facilities that participate in and successfully complete an independent assessment program – the CFSI’s CFSP, the Responsible Jewellery Council’s Chain-of-Custody Certification Program or the London Bullion Market Association’s Responsible Gold Programme. Our suppliers reported 297 3TG facilities in 2015, of which 215 are compliant with, and 38 are in process to become compliant with, one of these programs. All reported tantalum smelters are CFSP-compliant.
Status of 3TG smelters or refiners reported in HP’s supply chain
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* Percentage of total 3TG facilities reported to Hewlett-Packard Company that were either Conflict Free Smelter Program compliant or in process to become compliant, and/or that we reasonably believe exclusively source conflict minerals from recycled or scrap sources or from outside of the Covered Countries (as of April 2016).
Collaboration and SEC Reporting
HP collaborates widely with businesses, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies, and our production suppliers to advance the use of responsibly sourced minerals, including through in-region sourcing projects. Read more about our approach to Conflict Minerals in our Sustainability Report. HP is a proponent of responsibly mined tin and has participated in the IDH Tin Working Group for the last three years.
For more on our due diligence efforts, read our latest SEC Conflict Minerals Report.
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