Microchip Technology Inc

Conflict Minerals


Microchip Technology's annual RCOI for integrated circuits began in June 2017 and culminated with our CMRT (v.5.01) which has an effective date of August 30, 2017. CMRT (v.5.01) is available on this website in the "Microchip's Conflict Minerals Information" section below.  This CMRT is what Microchip will be using to support its CMR when filing with the SEC in calendar year 2018.  Microchip has also issued an updated CMRT (v.5.01) on December 5, 2017, that modifies language in the description of scope and removed VQB Mineral and Trading Group JSC (CID002015) from the Smelter List as they are no longer in our Integrated Circuit supply chain.  Microchip did not conduct a new RCOI; therefore, this updated CMRT is produced for informational purposes only.

Absent credible allegation of risk for irresponsible sourcing within the Dodd-Frank Covered Countries RMI-conformant smelters that ceased operations or were determined not to be smelters and subsequently delisted by the RMI after August 30, 2017 will be officially removed from our integrated circuit supply chain during our next annual RCOI which will commence in June 2018.

Microchip’s statement regarding the recently delisted smelters VQB Mineral and Trading Group JSC (CID002015) and Zhuzhou Cemented Carbide Group Co., Ltd. (CID002232) is available on this website in the "Microchip's Conflict Minerals Information" section below.

Microchip declares conflict minerals at company level for all integrated circuits manufactured by Microchip Technology and all wholly-owned integrated circuit subsidiaries.  Declarations by part number, package configuration, or assembly site are not available. 

Microchip does not support conflict minerals declarations via internet portals.

For further questions regarding Conflict Minerals, please contact your local Microchip Sales office.  If you need help locating a Sales office closest to you, please use this directory, http://www.microchip.com/distributors/SalesHome.aspx

Microchip Technology Incorporated and all related subsidiaries (collectively, “Microchip”) join many others who are deeply concerned regarding the human tragedies occurring in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and adjoining countries (“Covered Countries”) associated, in part, with the mining of columbite-tantalite (tantalum), cassiterite (tin), wolframite (tungsten) and gold (“Conflict Minerals” or “3T&G”).

These minerals originate from various continents, but armed groups engaged in, or interfering with, mining operations within the Covered Countries are believed to subject workers and indigenous people to serious human rights abuses and are using proceeds from the sale of these Conflict Minerals to finance and sustain regional conflicts.  Microchip supports responsible minerals sourcing within the Covered Countries to encourage viable and ethical revenue streams for the local communities.  We recognize and support the need to develop programs which allow for improved transparency in 3T&G mining and transport of Conflict Minerals and improved traceability within the 3T&G supply chain.

Microchip, its executive management and its business groups, take corporate governance and business ethics seriously.  Tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold are used in electronics products, including products manufactured by Microchip.

Microchip is diligently working toward a goal of assuring our products are manufactured and are sourced from socially responsible supply chains.  In pursuit of that goal Microchip is doing the following:

  • Participating as a member of the Responsible Minerals Initiative (“RMI”) that engages Smelters and Refiners (“SOR”) and conducts audits of the SOR against responsible minerals sourcing protocols. The RMI maintains lists of SOR that have successfully completed responsible minerals sourcing audits (including audits by similar industry-specific trade organizations) or are actively participating with the RMI or similar organization (“Conformant” and “active” smelter lists, respectively), and the RMI publishes the industry-standard Conflict Minerals Reporting Template for conducting a Reasonable Country of Origin Inquiry (“RCOI”).
  • Conducting annual RCOI and subsequent smelter sourcing due diligence required by the U.S. Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”).  Microchip uses the Responsible Minerals Initiative’s Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (“CMRT”) for our RCOI.
  • Retaining professional third-party smelter sourcing due diligence.
  • Presenting mineral sourcing risks to Microchip’s senior management.
  • Disallowing SOR into our integrated circuit supply chain that are not cooperating with, or that are no longer cooperating with, the RMI’s Responsible Minerals Assurance Process or similar mineral sourcing audit programs. Providing information to suppliers and expecting each to source materials from socially responsible supply chains and to accurately and comprehensively disclose their list of SOR, either at company level or specific to those materials incorporated into Microchip’s products.
  • Publicly disclosing our conflict minerals policy, RCOI implementation procedures, and SOR sourcing due diligence procedures.
  • As responsible minerals sourcing audit programs mature, and the pool of SOR recognized RMI “Conformant” increases and becomes more viable, we will expand our expectation that our suppliers source 3T&G from SOR that are recognized RMI “Conformant.”
  • Microchip engages “active” SOR encouraging timely completion of third-party responsible minerals sourcing audits.
  • Include a conflict minerals flow-down clause in new and renewed supplier contracts and purchase terms and conditions.

As an outcome of these efforts, Microchip is pleased to share our results in the below documents, accessible via the hyperlinks.

Microchip's Conflict Minerals Information

Microchip's Conflict Minerals Sourcing Policy download
Microchip's CMRT_v 5.01_IC_20170830_for 2018 SEC Reporting Use download
Microchip's CMRT_v 5.01_IC_20171205 download
Microchip’s RCOI Process Description and Flowchart for ICs Manufactured by Microchip  download
Microchip Technology's Statement on Delisted Smelters download
Form SD and CMR filed 05-26-2016 (Conflict Minerals) download
Form SD and CMR filed 05-31-2017 (Conflict Minerals) download