Smelters and their practices around ore purchasing present the greatest opportunity to mitigate minerals sourcing risks. Promoting best practices by smelters is the most direct way to address the risk of conflict minerals entering our supply chain that directly or indirectly supported armed groups. We expect our suppliers to source 3TG for HP products only from smelters that comply with the Responsible Minerals Initiative’s (RMI, formerly known as CFSI) Responsible Minerals Assurance Process (RMAP), which requires a third-party sourcing audit. However, our relatively small use of these metals decreases our influence, so we need all of industry to demand conflict free 3TG. We will continue to work with our suppliers and across the industry to drive demand for conflict-free sourcing. We require our suppliers to work toward removing from our supply chain the smelters that do not participate in a conflict-free audit program. We promote conflict-free minerals in our supply chain:
• Encouraging smelters that purchase and process mineral ores to undergo third party sourcing audits
• Urging our production suppliers of electronic goods containing 3TG (“3TG suppliers”) to require their smelters to undergo third-party sourcing audits;
• Supporting multi-stakeholder collaboration to establish secure, conflict free sources of 3TG ores from the DRC.