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Conflict Minerals - concerned and engaged

We are committed to keeping our supply chain free from conflict minerals

The Conflict Minerals compliance

US Laws and EU directives are in force and aim to help companies stem the trade in 4 conflict minerals, that is to say tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold. These minerals are so called as they may finance armed conflicts or forced labour/human rights abuses.

Origin of the regulations

In July 2010, the United States Congress signed into law the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Regulation and Consumer Protection Act containing a section that regulates conflict minerals. The legislation requires companies listed on the U.S stock exchange to disclose annually to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) whether products were produced with conflict minerals sourced from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) or adjoining countries.

In July 2017, directive (EU) 2017/821 became effective in the EU, with a transition period until January 2021. The directive regulates within the European Union mining, processing, trade, and use of conflict minerals sourced in conflict and high-risk regions. In principle, the directive follows the requirements of the U.S. regulation.

Situation

Mining metallic and other raw materials is an intensive process involving potential social and environmental risks that, if not properly managed, can cause lasting negative impacts.

Reports on human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and environmental issues resulting from the mining of minerals, including tantalum (Ta), tungsten (W), tin (Sn), gold (Au), and cobalt (Co) have caused wide public concerns.

Governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), investors, customers, and other industry stakeholders place increasing expectations on the private sector to drive responsible behavior covering the whole supply chain.

Strategy

SCHURTER components may contain tin or gold. Thus, SCHURTER is affected by the regulations of these minerals. Tungsten, tantalum, and cobalt are not intentionally used in SCHURTER components.

SCHURTER complies with all national and other applicable laws and regulations. As a consequence, we are committed to keeping our supply chain free from minerals that are covered by laws and regulations concerning sourcing from conflict areas.

Contact

For more detailed explanations please contact our Substance Management Team or your regional sales contact.

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