The US Dodd-Frank Act has been legally binding since July 2010. This law applies only to companies listed by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act seeks to ensure that certain materials, such as tantalum, tungsten, tin or gold, the so-called "conflict minerals", are not sourced from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and its neighbouring states because of the civil war that is taking place there.
The requirements of the law extend throughout the supply chain, but with no immediate effect outside the US.
In Europe, there is no comparable directive or substance restriction, so that even the products or raw materials concerned may continue to be legally imported and placed on the internal market.
As a responsible company, we nevertheless take the necessary measures to verify whether the products supplied to you contain raw materials from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and neighbouring countries. We meet this obligation every time we deliver a product to you.
On the basis of an ongoing dialogue with our suppliers, we currently have no legitimate reason to believe that the raw materials used in our products could come from the crisis region mentioned. We declare our company as "conflict free" in the sense of the "Dodd-Frank Act".