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.

Supply Chain Policy - Conflict Minerals

Effective October 15, 2019

Global Advanced Metals (GAM) is a world leader in the mining and processing of ethically-sourced tantalum. GAM’s commitment to socially responsible business practices includes the promotion of responsible supply chains.

GAM joined the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) and its predecessor-organizations as part of its efforts to help eliminate unlawful and unethical minerals trade. The RMI brings together leading companies from industries including aerospace, automotive and electronics, who support the Responsible Minerals Assurance Process (RMAP) and commit to the promotion of responsible supply chains for all minerals including tantalum.

GAM's processing sites in Boyertown, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. and Aizu Wakamatsu, Japan have been subject to the RMAP audit program and have been found conformant to the RMAP audit Standard every year since 2010.

Our mission is to drive awareness throughout industries so that all conflicted-tantalum materials are eliminated from supply chains. To fulfill this mission GAM commits to the following actions:

  • Adhere to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) 5-Steps Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High- Risk Areas (CAHRAs) and the 14 points of its Annex II  Model Supply Chain Policy addressing: serious abuses associated with the extraction, transport or trade of minerals, direct or indirect support to non-state armed groups, public or private security forces, bribery and fraudulent misrepresentation of the origin of minerals, and payment of taxes, fees and royalties due to government.
  • Devise appropriate risk mitigation strategies for above risks, including: meetings with suppliers, mine site visits and cooperation stakeholders like the RMI, OECD, International Tin Association (ITA) iTSCi program, and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) to establish credible effective processes to eliminate non-ethical tantalum mining and trade through enhanced due diligence, and allow continuation of legitimate mining activities in CAHRAs.
  • Engage in open communication with stakeholders and support ongoing efforts by relevant authorities that have the potential to bring improvements in living conditions 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) and the European Union regulation on conflict minerals. These laws seek to sever the link between minerals’ mining and social conflicts by encouraging responsible trade of minerals sourced from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Great Lakes Region of Africa, or from other identified CAHRAs.
  • Require that shipments of tantalum containing material adhere to the appropriate domestic and international transportation regulations such as the rules for Class 7 Radioactive Materials. GAM advocates that the tantalum industry also complies with these international regulations.

We encourage all organizations involved in tantalum mining, trade, processing, or the use of tantalum products to join us in promoting responsible supply chains for tantalum.