Columbite-tantalite (coltan), cassiterite, wolframite and gold, or their derivatives, including tantalum, tin, and tungsten, originating from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and adjoining countries (often referred to as “Conflict Minerals”) are sometimes mined and sold by armed groups to finance unfair labor practices or human rights violations. Some of these Conflict Minerals can make their way into the supply chains of the products used around the world. It ASC's policy to avoid Conflict Minerals that directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed groups in conflict-affected regions.
As part of ASC’s commitment to corporate responsibility and respecting human rights in its operations and in its global supply chain, ASC will endeavor to only procure raw materials containing Conflict Minerals that do not support conflict.
In support of this sourcing policy, ASC will: