We have a clear policy to avoid conflict minerals and require our suppliers not to supply us with such metals.
We expect our suppliers to take reasonable steps to ensure that the parts and products delivered to us are “Congo conflict free”. In other words, that they do not consist of conflict minerals that benefit armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The following metals are defined as conflict minerals:
The aim of this policy is to ensure that our products neither directly nor indirectly finance nor in any other way benefit armed groups by mining or mineral trade in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or in any neighboring country. We expect our suppliers to establish policies, long-term frameworks and management systems in accordance with the OECD guidelines Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas to the extent that they deem appropriate in the individual areas of activity.
We will not buy in any material which is classed as conflict mineral, either as raw material or other type of input material. The specific metals listed above are considered to be substances that are not in any way is expected to be included in our products. From our perspective they should be regarded as unwanted, which is why the issue is not, as such, a problem for us.