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.

Global Advanced Metals’ 2017 Tantalum Sourcing Due Diligence Report

Global Advanced Metals (GAM) is a world leader in tantalum exploration, mining and processing. GAM produces 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 (now Responsible Minerals Initiative-RMI) is comprised of leading companies throughout the electronics and other industries who have developed and implemented an audit process to help companies source minerals responsibly, 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.

As a smelter, GAM is committed to supporting compliance with conflict minerals due diligence requirements as contemplated by section 1502 of the U.S. Dodd Frank Act and its related Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) implementation rules, and the soon to be implemented European Union regulation on conflict minerals.

GAM due diligence program for conflict minerals in 2017 included the following:

  • Implementation of the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for tantalum material acquisition that meets upstream and downstream compliance requirements, within the framework of our management system.
  • Communication of our due diligence expectations to suppliers via our conflict minerals Code of Conduct and Policy.
  • Successful completion of the CFSI audit.
  • 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 Public Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade (PPA) 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 conflict-free due diligence requirements in contract terms with suppliers
  • Assurance 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.
  • Request that all GAM shipments of tantalum containing material adhere to the appropriate domestic and international transportation regulations, including Class 7, for Radioactive Materials.
  • Communication of our ethical and sustainable sourcing policy to our suppliers, employees, and customers, and internal monitoring of our performance to these standards.
  • Visits to tantalum mine sites and suppliers in Central Africa to support due diligence and compliance efforts. These visits enable us to further assess upstream supply chain risk and devise appropriate risk mitigations as needed.
  • Providing RMI's Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT) to customers to support their Reasonable Country of Origin Inquiry (RCOI) as required under SEC rules.