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 2014

Global Advanced Metals (GAM) is a world leader in tantalum mining and processing, producing a wide range of 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 participate in the Conflict Free Smelter Program (CFSP) audit and have maintained a "Conflict-Free Smelter" status for 5 years including 2014.

GAM due diligence program for conflict minerals includes the following:

  • Development and implementation of a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for tantalum material acquisition that meets upstream and downstream compliance requirements.
  • Work cooperatively 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 the ongoing efforts by relevant authorities that have the potential to ensure legitimate, socially responsible commerce and bring sustainable improvements 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) which encourages legitimate and conflict-free trade of minerals sourced from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Great Lakes Region of Africa.
  • 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.