As a leading company in the tantalum industry, we are committed to ensuring that the tantalum under our control is responsibly and ethically sourced.
Over the last decade, quantities of tantalum (and other "conflict" metals such as tin, tungsten and gold)have entered the global supply chain from locations, particularly war-torn parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where the ore has been mined illegally or without regard and commitment to health, safety, environment, labour conditions and human rights.
We have had a long-term commitment to working closely with our industry, including the end-users of tantalum products, to put in place strategies that will ensure the responsible supply of tantalum material.
For this reason we are an active member of the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and support its creation of a comprehensive set of tools and processes to enable the credible implementation of a Code of Conduct throughout the Electronics and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) supply chain. We adhere closely to the Conflict Minerals policies of the EICC and participate actively in the Conflict Free Smelter program.