Learning from our experience combating conflict minerals in the DRC and surrounding countries, we are expanding our efforts.
This aligns with growing awareness of minerals sourcing issues beyond the DRC and surrounding countries covered by the U.S. Dodd–Frank Act. The EU Conflict Minerals Regulation, which covers EU imports of 3TG minerals from all regions of the world, requires all large EU 3TG metal importers and smelters to become OECD Due Diligence Guidance. Although HP’s operations are not within the scope of the EU regulation, we are aligning our policy and approach to the extent practicable and preparing to support our customers’ requirements consistent with the regulation.
We support RMI’s work to help refiners and smelters identify conflict-affected and high- risk areas (CAHRAs), including outside of DRC and Covered Countries. We also supported RMI’s gap assessment work with the OECD, which led to revised protocols for smelters and refiners that responsibly source 3TG from CAHRAs worldwide.
We have expanded minerals due diligence and reporting to also include cobalt, which has been linked to human rights risks. We ask battery suppliers to confirm they have policies addressing cobalt, to report to HP the cobalt refiners they use, and to encourage these refiners to complete an RMI audit. See our Report on Cobalt.