In some countries, severe human rights violations repeatedly arise in mining operations for certain minerals – including tantalum, tin, gold and tungsten. For this reason, WACKER takes great care to avoid procuring minerals from conflict areas. When we purchase raw materials containing tin, gold, tungsten or tantalum, we require our suppliers to confirm that neither they nor their sub-suppliers procure these minerals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Angola, Burundi, the Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda or Zambia. Based on feedback, we have no evidence suggesting that the raw materials from our suppliers come from mines in these countries.
WACKER uses the CMRT (Conflict Minerals Reporting Template) for its reporting on conflict minerals, and the company updates this at least once each year. Developed by the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI), the CMRT form simplifies how information on a material’s country of origin and on the contracted smelter and refiner is communicated along the entire supply chain.