In light of the requirements of the Dodd-Frank Act, we will work with our suppliers to trace material content in our products in order o determine whether minerals originating from mining or noncertified smelting operations in the conflict region are used in our products. We will not knowingly use conflict minerals from noncertified smelters of the conflict region in our products. As a result, we will require our suppliers to trace material content in the products they supply to us down to a conflict free certified smelter and to provide to us documentation regarding their due diligence efforts. We will require our suppliers to produce components, parts, or products contain conflict minerals that have been identified to be conflict-free.
Due to the size of our supply chains as well as the complexity of the routes by which these conflict minerals are traded, smelted and sold it might require some time to obtain full traceability to exact origin. Because of the given situation, we ask for your understanding that we are not able to give specific answers to questionnaires or customers portal concerning conflict minerals.
Please feel free to contact us should you have any further questions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sarstedt, July 30, 2015
Andreas Baude Sebastian Göhner
Managing Director Quality Manager