We know that human rights violations are a possibility anytime minerals are mined. That is why we are intensely involved in all of the issues surrounding mined raw materials, particularly when it comes to the four “conflict minerals”: gold, tantalum, tungsten and tin. For this reason, WACKER takes great care to avoid procuring minerals from conflict areas. When we purchase raw materials containing gold, tantalum, tungsten or tin, 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.
At least once a year, our suppliers conduct a regular inspection of their source mines and confirm this using a CMRT (Conflict Minerals Reporting Template). Developed by the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI), the CMRT form shows simply and transparently how information on a material’s country of origin and on the contracted smelter and refiner is communicated along the entire supply chain.
Based on feedback, we have no evidence suggesting that the raw materials from our suppliers come from mines in these countries.