Our Conflict Mineral Policy is based on the guidance provided by the Final report of the UN Group of Experts to the Security Council on 15 Nov. 2010 and by the OECD Due Diligence for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals From Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas of May 25, 2011.
In recognition of the risks associated with extracting, trading, handling and exporting minerals from conflict-affected and high-risk areas and recognizing our responsibility to respect human rights, we commit to adopt and incorporate in contracts and/or agreements with suppliers following policy on responsible sourcing of coltan from conflict-affected and high-risk areas from the point of extraction.
Coltan International SA., which engages in the production, research and development and sale of non-ferrous metals including tantalum and niobium, adopted a series of effective measures to construct an effective control system, to avoid purchasing any raw materials or processed goods from the DRC or surrounding restricted conflict areas (Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia) to prevent continuous turmoil or escalation of conflict in DRC and the surrounding areas caused by the development and utilization of mineral resources, disrupting regional peace and security order, human rights violations leading to a humanitarian disaster.
We set up a rigorous, raw material procurement policy, and issued internally a 'Notice of refusal of conflict minerals procurement program files; as the company's highest-level system to be implemented. Also, we released a public statement externally on every aspect of the supply chain to all potential customers to indicate we never procure any material which is recognized by the UN or NGO as illegal conflict mineral. The company require all suppliers to provide corresponding relevant documents of the raw materials to verify the legitimate sources and only purchase raw materials from non-conflict area or legal raw material from conflict area but with iTSCi system label supplied by iTSCi member.
We commit ourselves to stable and reliable procurement channels to provide customers with stable and reliable supply chain traceability services and we have established a supplier management system. We require the suppliers to comply with the ‘OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict Affected and High Risk Areas’ and the requirement of ‘Conflict free smelter (CFS) program supply chain transparency audits protocol’.
‘The program file of refusing to purchase the conflict minerals’, ‘The program file of additional terms of conflict ore in raw material purchasing contracts’ and ‘The program file of requirements for the subcontract material traceability’ are some operation rules and procedures requirements Coltan International S.A. has to ensure that no ‘conflict materials’ go into the supply chain. Therefore to ensure all ingredients used in the process is strictly controlled through the strict implementation of the process and ensure all products can be traced back to the original source material carry out a strict management about the storage and transport of the radioactive material.
Fulfilling social accountability and obligation, pursuit of establish a responsible and assume company image in technological innovation, safety production, and environmental protection, we has always publicized the importance of using of the "conflict free material" and the social significance to employees, suppliers and downstream customers and in strict compliance with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict Affected and High Risk Areas and the requirement of ‘Conflict free smelter (CFS) program supply chain transparency audits protocol’.
BSP is an independent, private company that offers an integrated, cost effective and third party audited traceability and due diligence assurance program.
Our BSP traceability mechanism, demonstrates mineral sourcing from audit-validated, conflict-free mines in Ruanda and Zimbabwe and eventually other countries of the African Great Lakes Region.
BSP works with online, real-time traceability technology partner GeoTraceability. System implementation is directed, monitored and communicated upon by BSP, to ensure its compliance with the Conflict Free Smelter Program audit protocol (as well as ICGLR certification requirements).
Geo Traceability (GEOT) will provide tagging, label, certification and traceability. Is not at all limited to a small element called tag; it is a complex task that requires actions in advance such as mining sites' inspections, risk assessment reports, monitoring, due diligence, etc.
Our traceability as required by OECD and expected by Members of the Conflict Free Smelters Program, is a rigorous process and does not end at the selling of the product. It requires a partnership with the buyer and future audits, inspections and reports which we are under obligation to keep updating data and details which may be needed.