Grandview Materials recognizes the importance of conflict minerals and metals in the global supply chain. Tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold (3TG) are widely sourced and illegally traded by armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and adjoining countries in Africa. The Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) took the initiative and formed the Extractives Working Group in 2007.
Then EICC/GeSI developed the Conflict-Free Smelter Program (CFS) and designed the Conflict Minerals Reporting Template and Dashboard. The tool incorporates the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) guidelines and may be used to fulfill statutory due diligence requirements in order to address the issues of human rights, labor, environment and safety. Jonathan Chian, our Operations Manager honorably participated the working group meetings in Seattle and Boston.
Grandview Materials supports the goals and objectives of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Section 1502, which aims to prevent the use of conflict minerals that directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed groups in DRC and adjoining countries as defined in the Act. Conflict minerals include: columbite-tantalite (coltan) (i.e., tantalum), cassiterite (i.e., tin), gold, wolframite (i.e. tungsten) or their derivatives. The Act requires due diligence with respect to the sourcing of conflict materials.
Grandview Materials takes the issue of global supply chain very seriously and is committed to conflict-free mineral and metal sourcing. Grandview Materials trains all our employees to make sure our company policy of conflict-free minerals and metals is fully understood by every employee when conducting business. We screen suppliers carefully and only reputable and responsible ones are chosen. We are working closely with all our suppliers to eliminate the use of conflict minerals and metals in all of our products, specifically tantalum/coltan and tungsten. We have required all our suppliers to sign a compliance agreement stating only conflict-free materials are mined and processed. We have mechanisms to sever business immediately with any suppliers found and identified directly or indirectly dealing with conflict minerals and metals. Grandview Materials is devoted to upholding the highest standards of corporate responsibility, and we continue to proactively evaluate our sourcing policies to ensure they are addressing existing and emerging issues associated with all our products.