Conflict minerals

92% Of 3TG smelters and refiners complaint or in process toward DRC conflict free 92% are either Conflict-Free Smelter Program (CFSP) complaint, progressing toward CFSP compliant, believed to source from outside the DRC, or materials are from recycled/scrap sources

The exploitation of natural resources in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to fund groups engaged in extreme violence and human rights atrocities has resulted in international concern and calls for action. Behavior of particular concern has been linked to the extraction of natural resources that are mineral precursors of the metals tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold (3TG) - known as “conflict minerals.”

3TG metals are found in relatively small amounts in virtually all Hewlett Packard Enterprise electronic products. The possibility that the manufacture of our products might be connected to the funding of armed conflict is unacceptable to us. We continue to work toward ensuring 3TG used in our supply chain is not associated with conflict in the DRC.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise's 2016 Conflict Minerals Report includes a list of smelters reported to us regardless of whether they source from the DRC and adjoining countries. This report continues our legacy of supply chain transparency, highlights the smelters that are validated as compliant with the CFSP, and applies pressure to smelters that have unknown 3TG sourcing.

Eliminating risk associated with conflict from our supply chain

We are taking steps to identify and advance the use of DRC conflict free* minerals in our supply chain. Hewlett Packard Enterprise's goal is for a majority of our 3TG production procurement spend to be DRC conflict free by the end of 2016. Starting in 2015, we required Hewlett Packard Enterprise suppliers to source tantalum only from smelters compliant with the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative‘s (CFSI) Conflict-Free Smelter Program (CFSP).

Hewlett Packard Progress in 2014

In 2014, Hewlett Packard obtained sourcing information from 3TG production suppliers estimated to represent more than 95% of their 3TG production procurement spend and 76% of smelters reported by Hewlett Packard's supply chain are CFSP compliant or in process to become compliant.

Status of 3TG smelters or refiners reported in Hewlett Packard's supply chain


Progress toward DRC Conflict Free























  • Smelters or refiners compliant with assessment programs: CFSI's CFSP, Responsible Jewellery Council's (RJC) Chain-of-Custody Certification Program, or the London Bullion Market Association's (LBMA) Responsible Gold Programme.
  • Smelters or refiners listed by CFSI as currently in the process of becoming CFSP-compliant or that are Tungsten Industry-Conflict Minerals Council (TI-CMC) Category A members.



Multi-stakeholder collaboration

Solving the problem of conflict minerals requires global collaboration. Since 2008, Hewlett Packard has worked with other businesses, nongovernmental organizations and government agencies to establish viable sources of conflict free minerals in the DRC and neighboring countries.

Hewlett-Packard Company was instrumental in establishing the CFSI, and as Hewlett Packard Enterprise we continue to be an active, engaged and contributing member (CFSI member ID: HPE), as well as participating in steering CFSI through our EICC Board of Directors seat. Additionally, we engage with Kemet Partnership for Social and Economic Sustainability, Responsible Sourcing Network’s Multi-Stakeholder Group, and the Solutions for Hope project

1."DRC conflict free" as defined in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s conflict minerals rule to mean products that do not contain conflict minerals that directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed groups in the DRC or an adjoining country.