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 Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) 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.
QRTECH AB supports the actions of the RBA and GeSI and has either obtained, or is in the process of obtaining, information from our current metal suppliers concerning the origin of the metals that are used in the manufacture of QRTECH AB products. Based upon information provided by our suppliers, QRTECH AB does not knowingly use metals derived from the Conflict Region in our 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, processed or sold.
QRTECH AB hereby formulated this Conflict Minerals Policy and makes following commitments:
1. Not to purchase conflict minerals from mines in the “Conflict Regions”.
2. Request its suppliers to refuse to use Conflict Minerals from the “Conflict Regions”.
3. Request its suppliers to notify their upstream/downstream suppliers to follow “Minerals Conflict-Free” requirements.
4. Continuing our industry leadership and our efforts to source conflict-free minerals from the DRC where possible.