Gowanda Electronics Corp. fully supports the initiatives set forth by the EICC (Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition) and the GeSi (Global e-Sustainability Initiative) pertaining to "Conflict Minerals." We encourage all our suppliers to take the appropriate steps to continuously monitor both direct and indirect supply chain functions to avoid the procurement or use of "Conflict Minerals."
Conflict Minerals - Gowanda Electronics Corp. will require a completed EICC/GeSi Conflict Mineral Reporting template from each our our suppliers by the end of 2013, and implement an annual review process every year, from August 1st to the 15th. This review will ensure we are sustaining our commitment to the Dodd-Frank Act, and our commitment to being responsible global citizens. Gowanda's Operating Instructions in regards to Conflict Minerals.
Conflict Minerals Reporting Template - The EICC-GeSi Conflict Minerals Reporting Template was created by the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coailition and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSi) as a common means for the collection of sourcing information related to "Conflict Minerals." Gowanda Electronics, like other electronics companies, has adopted this template as an element of our due diligence program to verify the responsible sourcing of materials and to support compliance to new legislation.
The OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-affected and High-risk Areas (OECD Guidance) defines "Due Diligence" as "an on-going, proactive and reactive process through which companies can ensure that they respect human rights and do not contribute to conflict."
Compliant Smelter List Template- This template allows for smelter identification.
In 2010, the U.S. Dodd-Frank Act was passed concering "Conflict Minerals" originating from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) or adjoining countries. The SEC has published final rules associated with the disclosure of the source of Conflict Minerals by U.S. publicly traded companies (see the rules at http://www.sec.gov/rules/final/2012/34-67716.pdf). The rules reference the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas, (http://www.oecd.org/daf/inv.mne/GuidanceEdition2.pdf), which guides suppliers to establish policies, due diligence frameworks, and management systems.
For more information regarding Conflict Minerals, see the following links: