POLICY DECLARATION ON MATERIALS COMING FROM “CONFLICT MINERALS” AREAS
ASCON TECNOLOGIC srl supports the fight against violence, the violation of human rights and environmental degradation in the extraction and marketing of certain minerals
(cassiterite, columbite-tantalite, and wolframite from which gold, tin, tantalum and tungsten are obtained) from the African Great Lakes area defined as “Conflict Region”. The region includes the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and neighboring countries. Profits resulting from the extraction and marketing of these minerals finance armed groups and contribute to the occurrence of inhuman treatments, such as human trafficking, slavery, forced and/or child labor, torture and war crimes in the “Conflict Region”.
The U.S. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has drafted legislation regarding the requirements for the detection and publication of the “Conflict Minerals”, as indicated by the
“Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Section 1502” of 2010.
The rules require manufacturers to communicate if their products contain “Conflict Minerals” which are necessary for the functionality or production of these products.
On 17 May 2017, Regulation (EU) 2017/821 was published, which establishes obligations regarding the duty of care in the supply chain for Union importers of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold originating in conflict zones or high risk.
ASCON TECNOLOGIC COMMITSnot to intentionally supply materials and components containing specified metals from mines and foundries of the “Conflict Region” that are not certified as “Conflict Free” ensuring compliance with these requirements, requiring its suppliers to undertake an appropriate evaluation process with their supply chains in order to ensure that the specified metals come only from:
mines and foundries outside the “Conflict Region”, mines and foundries that have been certified by an independent third party as “Conflict Free”, if located within the “Conflict Region”.
ASCON TECNOLOGIC srl has obtained, or is about to obtain, information from its suppliers regarding the origin of the minerals used in the production of gold, tin, tantalum and tungsten, used for the manufacture of electronic components used in its production processes.
The aim is to ensure that only “Conflict Free” materials and components are used in the products and processes purchased.
We certify that the above information is given in good faith, based on the information currently available and to the best of our knowledge.