Any connection between the materials used in HP products and armed violence or human rights abuses is unacceptable. To ensure our products are made responsibly, we have adopted industry-leading policies and monitoring practices and are broadening our vigilance beyond conflict minerals to a wider range of minerals and geographies. Through collaborative efforts, we aim to expand the market for responsibly sourced minerals. Conflict minerals “Conflict minerals” refers to the mineral precursors of the metals tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold (3TG) as defined in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rule requiring a conflict minerals disclosure. Revenue from mining these minerals in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and adjoining countries has been widely linked to funding for groups engaged in extreme violence and human rights atrocities.

Across our complex, global, multi-actor supply chain, we have the most influence over our direct suppliers. However, in the case of trace and precious minerals we recognize that we must work to influence the practices of those much deeper in the supply chain. HP is an end user of 3TG metals and is typically four to 10 supply chain stages removed from the smelters that purchase and process the ore into metals. While conflict minerals are rarely used in large volumes in any one IT product or by one company, 3TG metals are found in relatively small amounts in virtually all electronic products. For this reason, it is important for HP to work with peers across the IT industry to collectively engage the entire supply chain in efforts to eradicate minerals that may have directly or indirectly supported armed groups.