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
- 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