Before a delivery, please inform us if the products/materials you are supplying to us contain conflict minerals. If this is the case, please specify which exact conflict minerals are contained and which products are affected.
Otherwise, we shall assume that no conflict minerals are present in your products/materials.
The obligatory provision of certificates of origin for so-called conflict minerals is also being discussed more frequently at the level of the European Union as a whole. The EU Commission previously conducted a consultation into this matter under the leadership of Karel de Gucht, European Commissioner for Trade at the time. In accordance with the overall impression, this obligation will be incumbent upon European industrial companies in the near future. In any event, the detailed arrangement is still outstanding as of July 2013. The stipulations of the Dodd-Frank Act (Paragraph 1502) concerning conflict minerals will serve as a blueprint for this EU initiative. This law is intended to prevent the use of so-called conflict minerals, which constitute a significant financial resource for rebels in East Africa.
The Dodd-Frank Act (Paragraph 1502) obligates US companies currently listed on the stock exchange to disclose the origin of certain raw materials in their products (and production resources) and to document this in a specific manner. These so-called conflict minerals particularly refer to tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold, which are extracted in the Congo and/or the area of the Great Lakes in East Africa. This disclosure obligation stipulated by the Dodd-Frank Act is applicable to companies in the USA which are listed on the stock exchange. Today, this already indirectly affects suppliers to US companies – particularly those companies dealing with electrics/electronics, aerospace and automotive engineering, jewellery, medical products and industrial products.
According to the Dodd-Frank Act, US companies listed on the stock exchange must include in their annual report a disclosure as to whether their products or production resources contain tin, tantalum, tungsten and/or gold from the region comprising the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Zambia, Angola, the Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda. In order to validate the veracity of this statement, a certificate of origin must also be presented in the event that no conflict materials are contained in the products concerned. The report for calendar year 2013 must initially be submitted to the SEC by 31st March 2014.