Conflict Minerals Policy
There is a growing concern that the trade of conflict minerals (specifically, tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold (3TG)) mined in certain provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) or its neighboring areas may be contributing to the civil war, human rights atrocities, and social and environmental abuses in that region. In July 2010, the United States enacted HR4173, the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Bill, requiring all U.S. public companies and their suppliers to disclose the chain of custody of tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold utilized in their products.
DTS fully supports the policy of avoiding the use of 3TG minerals mined in the DRC and neighboring areas, unless those minerals are from conflict-free sources. DTS has implemented a process for obtaining chain of custody declarations from all of its suppliers that utilize 3TG minerals in their supply chain. In addition,
- Suppliers are asked to source 3TG minerals from socially responsible suppliers who obtain their raw materials from conflict free sources;
- Suppliers are required to accurately report their suppliers of 3TG minerals and smelters/refiners for 3TG minerals to DTS upon request; and
- Suppliers are expected to comply with Dodd-Frank regulations and SEC rules regarding conflict minerals.
Suppliers who are not in compliance with DTS’s policy are expected to take corrective actions, which will be subject to further review by DTS.