What is a conflict mineral?
Metals such as tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold are used in many industries for manufacturing. But some sources of these minerals are in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and adjoining countries, and their extraction may finance or benefit armed groups that are associated with human rights violations. That’s why these four metals are known as “conflict minerals.”
Tandy Leather Policy
Tandy Leather strives to be a great, enduring company by employing business standards and practices that produce social, environmental and economic benefits where we do business. We believe that conducting business responsibly benefits society as well as our various stakeholders, including our employees, customers, suppliers and investors, in all areas of the world where we conduct business.
As a global company, Tandy Leather does business with suppliers from many countries of diverse cultural, social, and economic circumstances. We strive to work with suppliers that reflect our universal principles of conducting business in a responsible and ethical manner, respecting the rights of individuals, and helping to protect the environment.
Tandy Leather works with our suppliers to help ensure their practices support our values and policies, including compliance with the Securities Exchange Commission’s final rule regarding sourcing of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold (CM) under Section 1502 of the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. This requires any Securities and Exchange Commission registrant that manufactures or contracts to manufacture products containing any (CM) that are necessary to the functionality or production of such products to conduct a “country of origin” inquiry reasonably designed to determine whether the (CM) in such products originated from the Democratic Republic of the Congo or adjoining countries (DRC Region). If so, the registrant must undertake due diligence on the source and chain of custody of its products and may be required to file a conflict minerals report with the SEC that discloses whether such products contain (CM) that directly or indirectly finances or benefits armed groups in the DRC Region.
Tandy Leather’s compliance team conducted internal inquiries of country of origin of its products. In NO case did a Supplier report that the minerals were sourced from the Covered Countries nor was there any indication that the (CM) in any products originated in any Covered Countries. Suppliers were able to identify the country(ies)of origin of the parts and the (CM) in the parts while others reported that the source of the actual (CM) incorporated into the parts was not known to the Supplier even after inquiries were made up the supply chain.
Tandy Leather understands that awareness and cooperation among its suppliers is essential to any responsible sourcing initiative. By holding our suppliers accountable for these principles in this policy, Tandy Leather believes its Conflict Minerals audit inquiry will help necessary transparency in our supply chain and further the ultimate goal of ending armed conflict in the DRC.