Conflict Minerals Policy

This document contains devboards GmbH’s statement regarding the content of Conflict Minerals in our products.

 

There has been increased awareness of violence and human rights violations in the mining of certain minerals from a location described as the “Conflict Region”, which is situated in the eastern portion of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and surrounding countries. The Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) have requested that companies undertake reasonable due diligence with their supply chain to assure that specified metals are not being sourced from mines in the Conflict Region, which is controlled by non-government military groups, or unlawful military factions.

 

Procuring gold (Au), tantalum (Ta), tungsten (W), cobalt (Co), and tin (Sn) from ores originating from the Democratic Republic of Congo or adjoining countries (“DRC region”) is now subject to the Dodd-Frank Act. On August 22, 2012, the SEC voted in favor (3-2) of a final conflict minerals regulation. These metals are commonly referred to as “conflict minerals.

 

devboards GmbH supports the actions of the EICC and GeSI and has either obtained, or is in the process of obtaining, information from our current suppliers concerning the origin of the metals that are used in the manufacture of devboards GmbH products.

 

devboards GmbH is making every reasonable effort to be in compliance with the SEC ruling. devboards GmbH is requiring its suppliers to make commercially reasonable efforts to ensure that metals derived from the DRC region are properly disclosed to devboards GmbH. devboards GmbH is performing due diligence and is actively working on determining a reasonable country of origin inquiry. The information gathered to date is tabulated in the EICC/GeSI format in accordance with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

 

Suppliers of metals used in the manufacture of devboards GmbH products (specifically gold, tin, tantalum, and tungsten) must demonstrate that they understand and support EICC-GeSI actions and will not knowingly procure specified metals that originate from the Conflict Region.

 

Suppliers must provide written evidence of due diligence documenting that raw materials used to produce gold, tin, tantalum and tungsten, supplied to or used in the manufacture of devboards GmbH products, do not originate from mining or smelting operations in the Conflict Region. Due diligence from each supplier must include, where applicable, completion of the EICC-GeSI Conflict Minerals reporting template.