Conflict minerals are mineral resources that are mined in conflict or high-risk areas. In many cases, these substances are manufactured or mined illegally and outside state control, for example by rebels or militias. The extraction of these substances often leads to violations of human rights and international law. These include the minerals tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold which are also known as 3TG. The proceeds from the 3TG trade may enable armed groups and criminals to continue operating.
However, the categorization as “conflict mineral” has no connection whatsoever with the nature and quality of the substances but only relates to their possible extraction and trade chain, regardless of where they come from, where they are processed or where they are sold. We do not source or process conflict minerals and do not endeavour to purchase material that contains these “conflict minerals” that directly or indirectly fund or promote armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or in a neighbouring country.
We instruct our suppliers to only obtain 3TG from approved, conflict-free mines and melts, if the production of their products requires the processing of conflict minerals. We have this regularly certified by our suppliers.