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September 10, 2011


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We continue to see a great deal of inetrest and passion for the conflict mineral issue. First, I want to thank those who have been following our blog and other sites like Facebook for updates and those who do recognize the steps that Intel is taking to address this very important issue. Let me assure you that we are listening to your comments and feedback and sharing them with the right teams inside of Intel who are working hard to address this issue.I am committed to keeping you regularly updated as we have more information to share. I will continue to post here at our CSR@Intel blog (see my May 19 post) and we’ll also alert people through Facebook, Twitter and other channels, referring them back to this blog often any time we have an update or more to share with you.Now, on to a few questions that have been posted.First, several of you have asked us why we take exception to the current House legislation. While we agree with the primary objective of the House legislation, we do not agree with certain provisions that in our view would create a layer of bureaucracy that generates more paper but does not solve the underlying problem. Specifically, given the complexities in the supply chain and our work over the past year on this issue, we don’t believe that the proposed reporting mechanism in the legislation (i.e. the import declaration form provision) is practical to implement. This will not serve the ultimate objectives of improving accountability and transparency. Our goal is to make sure we have the right systems and reporting mechanisms in place we haven’t been waiting around for legislation on this issue and have been taking proactive steps to address this problem directly with our supply chain.Others have also asked whether we’re willing to take responsibility for our own supply chain. We’ve clearly outlined the steps we are taking to work with the suppliers in our supply chain in my previous posts, and I’ve also included our policy below (adopted in Nov 2009 and posted on our website) for quick viewing.Intel’s Conflict-Free Metals Policy• Intel takes very serious the allegations that metals mined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo may be making their way into the electronics supply chain; and profits from this illegal mining may be fueling human rights atrocities in the Eastern Region of the DRC.• Intel expects our suppliers to comply with the Electronic Industry Code of Conduct and to only source materials from environmentally and socially responsible suppliers. Intel has systems and procedures in place to help ensure that our suppliers comply with these expectations; however, due to the complexities of the metals supply chain, we are currently unable to verify the origin for all metals used in our products.• In support of this, Intel will commit to:1. Trace and map our supply chain for tantalum, tungsten, cobalt, tin and gold2. Support development of independently verifiable supply chain transactions, when available and credible, to document the routes taken and intermediaries involved from mine of origin to final product.I will do my best to answer additional questions posted here that I can and will also update you periodically as I have more information.

My impression from the docrnemtauy was that a lack of oversight by the Belgian government was partly to blame for the massive atrocities committed during King Leopold's reign. It seemed from the movie and from Hochschild's book that the Belgians basically let their white officers and black soldiers run wild as long as they met their rubber quotas, no matter how many atrocities they committed. The Belgian government couldn't possibly have not known about what was going on in the Congo, but did not need to change its policies because money from rubber was flooding into the country and the Belgian people really believed that they were trying to bring civilization to the Congolese. I was unaware that the Belgian government was still trying to cover up all of the atrocities committed during this period. Eventually, the government and the people of Belgium will need to come to terms and accept the fact that they blindly let ten million people die under their monarchs reign.

Wow! I am so proud if my adventuring cousin!! I always love reading your updates!! Stay safe and have fun!

Good luck and watch your back in that part of DRC. Godfather Jim

Hey Bryna, I really enjoy hearing about your life and work in Africa. I will be reading your thoughts and impressions about your new home. Great project to bring the wildlife back to the area. I'm wondering how you will approach such a goal!! You are certainly a friend to this planet, especially the animals! Thanks for communicating the way you do so consistently, Bryna. Love, Wendy

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