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Conflict Minerals


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 Responsible Minerals Initiative (“RMI”) that engages Smelters and Refiners (“SORs”) and conducts audits of the SOR against responsible minerals sourcing protocols. The RMI maintains lists of SORs that have successfully completed their 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 bi-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 SORs 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 disclose their list of SORs accurately and comprehensively, 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.
  • Engaging SORs where necessary, encouraging participation with the RMI’s RMAP program or their timely completion of the RMI’s third-party responsible minerals sourcing audit.
  • Including a conflict minerals flow-down clause in new and renewed supplier contracts and purchase terms and conditions.

You can read about the results of our efforts in the documents listed below.

For additional information on our conflict mineral program, please contact your local Microchip sales office.

Cobalt


Since the Responsible Minerals Initiative’s (RMI) Cobalt Reporting Template (CRT) is currently under review by our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Program Team, it is not being provided yet to report out cobalt use within its supply chain. We are committed to producing products that are responsibly sourced and complying with related legal obligations and relevant international guidelines and standards. As part of these efforts, Microchip is a member of the RMI, which, through its Responsible Minerals Assurance Process, identify smelters and refiners that produce responsibly sourced materials. Through our participation in this group we are supporting our commitment to ensuring that our products are responsibly sourced and working with cross-industry stakeholders to further enable responsible sourcing channels for these minerals through the verification of smelter sourcing practices.

Responsible Minerals Sourcing Documents


Title Download
Form SD and CMR filed 05-31-2019 (Conflict Minerals) Download
Microchip's Conflict Minerals Sourcing Policy Download
Form SD and CMR filed 05-29-2020 (Conflict Minerals) Download
Microchip’s RCOI Process Description and Flowchart for ICs Manufactured by Microchip Download
Microchip’s RMI-CMRT Download