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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. CFSI-compliant smelters that ceased operations or were determined not to be smelters and subsequently delisted by the CFSI 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.

For further questions regarding CMRT, 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’s 2017 RCOI for integrated circuits began in mid-June using CMRT v.5.01 and will end with the publication of a summary CMRT v.5.01 in late September. Formerly CFSI-compliant smelters that ceased operations or were determined not to be smelters between late 2016 and mid-2017 and were subsequently delisted by the CFSI will be officially removed from our integrated circuit supply chain during our ongoing RCOI.

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 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 Conflict Free Sourcing Initiative (“CFSI”) that engages Smelters and Refiners (“SOR”) and conducts audits of the SOR against responsible minerals sourcing protocols. The CFSI 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 CFSI or similar organization (“compliant” and “active” smelter lists, respectively), and the CFSI 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 Conflict Free Sourcing 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 CFSI’s Conflict Free Smelter Program 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 CFSI “compliant” increases and becomes more viable, we will expand our expectation that our suppliers source 3T&G from SOR that are recognized CFSI “compliant.” Today, Microchip’s integrated circuit supply chain contains only CFSI “compliant” SOR.
  • 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 download
Microchip’s RCOI Process Flowchart for ICs Manufactured by Microchip_09252015 download
Microchip’s RCOI Process Description for ICs Manufactured by Microchip_09252015 download
Form SD and CMR filed 05-26-2016 (Conflict Minerals) download
Form SD and CMR filed 05-31-2017 (Conflict Minerals) download

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