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Conflict Minerals

A sustainable and responsible supply chain is important to IBM and we are taking steps to address conflict-originated tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold (3TG). Our Conflict Minerals Standard and Conflict Minerals Report provide insight into these actions and our objective to market only conflict-free products.

IBM's Conflict Minerals Standard

IBM recognizes the potential adverse impacts associated with mining 3TG in conflict regions of Central Africa. To neutralize these impacts, we expect our suppliers and, in turn, their suppliers to adhere to the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) code of conduct and only source 3TG from responsible conflict-free sources. We participate in industry initiatives to create and deploy supply chain verification processes (such as the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI), the Conflict Minerals Reporting Template and the Responsible Minerals Assurance Process). These efforts are important elements of our work to affirm that 3TG in our supply chain originates from conflict-free sources.

For more information, including additional details about IBM's due diligence process, please see our Conflict Minerals Report.

Parties may use the IBM Global Procurement Ombudsman office to confidentially communicate concerns to IBM regarding circumstances of mineral extraction, trade, handling, and export in a conflict-affected area that may not have been uncovered through conventional means of supply chain due diligence.

For additional information on conflict minerals, please visit the RMI Web site.

Conflict Minerals Report for Calendar Year Ending December 31, 2018

IBM’s objective is to use only conflict-free 3TG in our products. We are working toward this goal with good results aided by the cooperation and coordination of our extended supply chain and other members of the RMI. This Conflict Minerals Report describes IBM’s work in the 2018 reporting period and our plans for achieving our objective in the future.

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