Conflict minerals are a group of substances that are mainly extracted by mining. Tantalum (Ta), tungsten (W), tin (Sn), and gold (Au) belong to this group of minerals. They are heavily used in electrical and electronic products. SCHURTER components may contain tin or gold. Thus, SCHURTER is affected by regulations of these minerals. Tungsten and tantalum are not used by SCHURTER.
There is widespread concern that mining of these raw materials in conflict areas such as the Democratic Republic Congo (DRC) violates human rights and harms the environment. In July 2010, the United States Congress signed into law the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Regulation and Consumer Protection Act containing a section that regulates conflict minerals. The legislation requires companies listed on the U.S stock exchange to disclose annually to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) whether products were produced with conflict minerals sourced from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) or adjoining countries.
In July 2017, directive (EU) 2017/821 became effective in the EU, with a transition period until January 2021. The directive regulates for the European Union trade and use of conflict minerals sourced in conflict and high-risk regions. In principle, the directive follows the requirements of the U.S. regulation.
SCHURTER complies with all national and other applicable laws and regulations. As a consequence, we are committed to keeping our supply chain free from minerals which are covered by laws and regulations concerning sourcing from conflict areas.