The term conflict minerals refers to the minerals mined in areas experiencing armed conflict or under conditions that violate human rights, especially tin, gold, tantalum, and tungsten that is produced by the Democratic Republic of the Congo and its neighboring countries. Minerals produced in these areas were mined by means of exploiting civilians and forcing them to work in harsh environments and perform inhumane mining work. 

Furthermore, the profits generated from such mining are used to wage war and plunder resources. The ongoing civil wars have dramatically worsened the poverty and safety of the people who live in these regions. These severe conditions can lead to sexual assault on the female population, rebel groups forcing teens to join their ranks, and children workers working in mines.

In 2011 MediaTek started conflict minerals investigation in accordance with the regulations of the Conflict-free Smelter Program (CFSP), Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), and Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI). MediaTek requires suppliers to provide Declaration of Conflict-Free Metal to declare that they will not use conflict metals and to prove that the metals they use in their products do not come from regions controlled by warlords. In 2014 we investigated nearly 200 suppliers and smelters. 

The investigation results shows that 100% of our metal minerals did not come from non-government sources or warring factions in the regions controlled by the Democratic Republic of the Congo or its neighboring countries. In the future, we will continue to conduct relevant investigations to uphold our social responsibility in maintaining 100% conflict-free metal. In 2015, MediaTek continued to support Conflict-free Minerals Policy and disclosed each products’ data in accordance with GeSI for our customers to maintain our social responsibility of 100% Conflict-Free.