In response to violence and human rights violations in the mining of certain minerals from the “Conflict Region”, which is situated in the eastern portion of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and surrounding countries, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has adopted rules to implement reporting and disclosure requirements related to “conflict minerals”, as directed by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. The rules require manufacturers who file certain reports with the SEC to disclose whether the products they manufacture or contract to manufacture contain “conflict minerals” that are “necessary to the functionality or production” of those products.
The definition of “conflict minerals” refers to gold, as well as tin, tantalum and tungsten, the derivatives of cassiterite, columbite-tantalite, and wolframite, regardless of where they are sourced, pressed or sold. The U.S. Secretary of State may designate other minerals in the future. We support the humanitarian goal of ending violent conflict in the DRC and surrounding countries.
4D Systems Pty. Ltd (4D Systems) is committed to the responsible sourcing of “conflict minerals” throughout our supply chain and to continuing to comply with the underlying SEC rules and regulations surrounding “conflict minerals”. We strive to work cooperatively with our customers and supply chain partners in implementing conflict minerals compliance programs.
Our supply chains are encouraged to use validated DRC conflict free smelters and refiners for procurement of tin, tungsten, tantalum, and gold contained in 4D Systems products. Our suppliers are expected to conduct due diligence to understand the source of the conflict minerals used in 4D Systems products, source responsibility, and not knowingly provide products containing minerals that contribute to conflict as described in the Rule.
4D Systems supports the goal of ending violence, human rights violations and environmental devastation in the Conflict Region. We are committed to complying with any requirements applicable to our Company under the Conflict Minerals Rule. We may reconsider our willingness to partner with suppliers that fail to comply with this Policy.
4D Systems requires all of our suppliers to provide us with completed conflict minerals declarations using the Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT) to 4D Systems annually.
A PDF of the Conflict Mineral Policy Statement is available as a download here.