Conflict Minerals Statement
At Digital Matter, we strive towards excellence, integrity and honesty in everything we do. We have great respect for the world we live in and aim to leave it in a better state than we found it. Recent conflict in The Democratic Republic of Congo (“DRC”) and surrounding countries as a result of illegally mined minerals is something we strongly disagree with, and want no part of.
At Digital Matter, we apply our core values to our business activities every day: integrity in our dealings with partners and suppliers around the world, personal accountability, and a relentless pursuit of product and service excellence. Consistent with our core values and company history, we expect all employees to follow Digital Matter’s policies and procedures, which outline Digital Matter’s commitment to endeavour to prevent the use of certain minerals in Digital Matter products that may directly or indirectly support armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (“DRC”) and surrounding countries.
According to Section 1502 of the Dodd-Franc Act (U.S.) all U.S. publicly traded companies are required to file an annual special disclosure with the U.S. SEC describing measures the company follows to ensure no Conflict Minerals are sourced or used in any form during the Company’s value-adding activities. These conflict minerals refer mainly to Tin, Tantalum, Tungsten and Gold (“3TG”) sourced from conflict zones in the “DRC” and surrounding countries. While Digital Matter is not a publicly-traded company, we feel strongly about our responsibility to minimize the sourcing of conflict minerals in these areas.
Digital Matter does not directly procure any raw minerals from any Smelters, however Electronic components used in Digital Matter products do contain various minerals, including Tantalum, Tin, Tungsten, and gold in small quantities. These four minerals are sourced worldwide, and as a downstream purchaser, Digital Matter is committed to avoiding the use of Conflict Minerals in the manufacturing of our products and supports the reporting obligations in the Act, which promote supply chain transparency and consumer awareness.
Digital Matter does not directly purchase any Conflict Minerals from any source and does not knowingly procure any product containing Conflict Minerals from the Conflict Regions. Digital Matter is committed to working with our supply chain to increase transparency regarding the mineral’s origin and traceability. Digital Matter’s due diligence two-part process is based on the internationally recognized OECD standard.
We encourage all our suppliers to apply due diligence and adopt similar policies and management systems with respect to Conflict Minerals and to drive those efforts throughout their supply chain to ensure that the specified minerals are being sourced only from (1) mines and smelters outside the Conflict Region or (2) mines and smelters within the Conflict Region which have been certified by an independent third party as conflict-free.