Cyclops Electronics supports the Conflict Mineral Law, within the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
We are committed to conforming to this act and we undertake due diligence to ensure that no conflict minerals (other than verifiable recycled materials) are used in the manufacture of new components or products that we supply.
What are Conflict Minerals?
The term conflict minerals refer to resources extracted from war-afflicted areas, with the practice being heavily associated with widespread abuse of human rights. These generally valuable commodities are then sold or traded by armed groups and oppressive regimes to perpetuate the fighting.
Although by no means consigned to a specific region, the trade of conflict minerals has most prominently been a problem within the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and surrounding territories.
In the electronics industry, the term normally relates to the four most commonly mined – and used – resources.
Collectively, these four minerals are known as the 3TG and they are used in a variety of applications and are critical components of electronic devices.
What has been done to help?
On a domestic level, the British government is working alongside members of the international community to find a sustainable and practical solution to this issue. The Department for International Development (DFID) is co-funding a major reform initiative that will tighten up regulations and improve conditions for those impacted by the trade of conflict minerals.
The biggest piece of legislation that specifically deals with conflict minerals is the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which was signed into U.S law in 2010.
The rule requires publicly traded companies to disclose information on the origin of the minerals used in these could be classified emanating from a conflict zone.
Although strictly relating to America, the section of the Act that refers to conflict minerals has widely been adopted around the world. For example, the European Union has already announced its own version of the law which will become official in 2021 and will affect companies both importing and exporting to the E.U.
In conjunction with these pieces of legislation, the internationally recognised OECD Due Diligence Guideline for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas has a much broader scope and covers all minerals, not just gold, tantalum, tin and tungsten.
Many companies – including Cyclops Electronics and our sister divisions – unequivocally support these measures. With the industry working together, we hope to minimise the use of conflict minerals and constrict the supply of products containing these unethically sourced resources where possible.
What do I need to do?
Under the Final Conflict Minerals Regulation (passed in 2012), companies are required to file an annual, specialised disclosure report. Also, businesses are expected to exercise due diligence on the provenance of precious metals used in production.
- The ECAI’s website has a full list of semiconductor manufacturers that conform to existing conflict mineral legislation.