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.

Report on GAM Due Diligence for Tantalum Sourcing in 2016

Global Advanced Metals (GAM) is a world leader in tantalum mining and processing, producing a wide range of tantalum powder and metallurgical products, and is committed to responsible trade and the advent of conflict-free supply chains for tantalum.

GAM joined the Conflict Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI) in 2009 to promote legal, ethical and responsible minerals trade. The CFSI comprised of leading companies throughout the electronics industry and other who have developed and implemented an audit process to help companies achieve conflict-free status, and meet their legal and corporate responsibility objectives. As an active member of the CFSI, GAM's processing sites in Boyertown Pennsylvania, U.S.A. and Aizu Wakamatsu, Japan were the first to successfully participate in the Conflict Free Smelter Program (CFSP) audit in 2010 and they have maintained a "Conflict-Free Smelter" status since then.

GAM due diligence program for conflict minerals in 2016 included the following:

  • Implementation of the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for tantalum material acquisition that meets upstream and downstream compliance requirements.
  • Cooperation with organizations and agencies such as the CFSI, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), iTSCi of the International Tin Research Institute (ITRI), and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) to establish credible and effective processes for conflict-free tantalum mining and trade, and allow continuation of legitimate activity in "conflict regions."
  • Support of ongoing efforts by relevant organizations like the Public Private Alliance (PPA) and OECD that have the potential to ensure legitimate, socially responsible commerce and bring sustainable improvements and economic stability in "conflict regions".
  • Compliance with applicable legislation such as the U.S. Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (July, 2010) which encourages legitimate and conflict-free trade of minerals sourced from the D. R. of the Congo (DRC) and the Great Lakes Region of Africa.
  • Integration of due diligence requirements in contract terms with suppliers
  • 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, for Radioactive Materials. Communicate our ethical and sustainable sourcing policy to our suppliers, employees, customers and investors, and perform internal monitoring of our performance to these standards.
  • Visits of tantalum mine sites and suppliers in Central Africa to support due diligence and compliance efforts.