The mining and trading of Coltan (the metal ore from which Tantalum is extracted), Wolframite (the metal ore from which Tungsten is extracted), Cassiterite (the metal ore from which Tin is extracted), Gold, Cobalt and their respective derivatives, originating from the Democratic Republic of Congo("DRC") or adjoining countries(the "DRC Region") has financed conflict, resulting in widespread human rights violations and environmental degradation. Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act ("Conflict Minerals Law") requires SEC reporting Companies to undertake an inquiry as to the source and chain of custody of conflict minerals and to report their "DRC Conflict-Free" status.
WUS fully supports the objectives of this legislation, which aims to minimize violence and environmental damage in the DRC Region. We will comply with all applicable obligations under Conflict Minerals Law. And conduct due diligence in accordance with OECD guidelines. WUS expects that all suppliers comply with Conflict Minerals Law and provide all necessary declararions using the RMI Conflict Minerals Reporting Template. These measures will be used in conjunction with industry initiatives such as the Conflict-Free Smelter Program to reasonably assure that the Tantalum, Tungsten, Tin, Gold, Cobalt in the products we manufacture are procured only from smelters/refineries that have been verified by an independent third party, and providing products that do not directly or indirectly benefit armed groups that commit serious human rights violations, WUS will assess future business with suppliers who are noncompliant with this policy.
WUS is committed to ethical practices and compliance with applicable laws and regulations wherever it does business.