Leading vertically integrated and conflict-free provider of high performance tantalum metallurgical and powder products to the electronics, aerospace, automotive, chemical manufacturing and other industries.

Conflict Free Policy

Effective 15-December-2014

As a world leader in tantalum mining, processing and the production of tantalum metal products, Global Advanced Metals is highly committed to offering the safest work environment to our employees and contractors and in ensuring that our work practices are environmentally responsible. This policy is further reflected in our commitment to serving as an industry champion for a conflict-free supply chain.

In our quest to eliminate the unlawful and immoral activities surrounding the trade and use of minerals mined in conflict-affected areas, GAM joined the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) in 2009. The EICC, comprised of leading companies throughout the electronics industry, strives to improve working conditions, ethics, and environmental stewardship throughout the complex electronics industry supply chain. The EICC is now the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) and its Conflict Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI) has become the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI). The RMI manages the Responsible Minerals Assurance Program (RMAP) formerly known as the Conflict Free Shelter Program (CFSP). As an active member of the RMI, GAM's processing sites in Boyertown, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. and Aizu Wakamatsu, Japan have been subject to the rigorous RMAP and we proudly maintain a "Conflict-Free Smelter" status through the RMI of the RBA and Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI).

Our mission is to drive awareness throughout the industries so that only conflict free tantalum material are used across supply chains. To fulfill this mission GAM commits to the following actions:

  • Work cooperatively with organizations and agencies such as the RMI of the RBA, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), International Tin Research Institute (ITRI), and International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) to establish credible and effective processes that isolate and eliminate non-ethical tantalum mining and trade, and allow continuation of legitimate activity in "conflict regions."
  • Support the ongoing efforts by relevant authorities that have the potential to ensure legitimate, socially responsible commerce and bring sustainable improvements in living conditions and economic stability in conflict-regions.
  • Comply with applicable legislation such as, the U.S. Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (July, 2010), and the European Union conflict minerals law both which encourages legitimate, conflict-free trade of minerals sourced from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Great Lakes Region of Africa and beyond.
  • Ensure that all purchases from "conflict regions" such as the DRC, comply with the applicable requirements of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains.
  • Require that all GAM shipments of tantalum containing material adhere to the appropriate domestic and international transportation regulations, including Class 7, Radioactive Materials. GAM advocates the tantalum Industry also complies with these international regulations.
  • Communicate our ethical and sustainable sourcing policy to our suppliers, employees, customers and investors and perform internal monitoring of our performance to these standards.

We strongly encourage all organizations involved in tantalum mining, manufacturing, or the use of tantalum products to join us in keeping conflict minerals out of our supply chain.