We support ending the violence and human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and adjoining countries, which is supported, in part, by financing from trade in certain “conflict minerals,” which include cassiterite, columbite-tantalite (coltan), gold and wolframite and their derivatives, tin, tantalum, and tungsten. In line with this goal and in compliance with the US Securities and Exchange Commission disclosure requirements regarding conflict minerals, we are: Strengthening our due diligence capabilities and processes to identify the source of minerals used in company products.
Committed to improving over time our ability to track and trace conflict minerals in our supply chain. We don’t typically source any minerals, including conflict minerals, directly from mines, smelters or refiners and is several layers removed from these market activities. As such, we are relying upon the cooperation of our suppliers in the implementation of our supply chain enhancements and in meeting our SEC disclosure obligations. We are asking targeted suppliers to provide us with information relating to the potential use and source of conflict minerals in products they provide to us. If applicable, suppliers should establish their own policies and procedures relating to conflict minerals and make them available to us upon request.
Click here for Form SD and Conflict Minerals Report