In recent years there has been increased concern that the exploitation and trade of certain minerals originating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and surrounding countries are helping to finance armed conflict characterized by extreme levels of violence. Tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold are commonly referred to as "conflict minerals" regardless of their country of origin. As required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission ("SEC") has adopted a rule to bring greater supply chain transparency to the use of conflict minerals originating from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and surrounding countries. The SEC's Conflict Minerals Rule requires SEC registrants who manufacture or contract to manufacture products containing conflict minerals that are necessary to such products' functionality or production to disclose the origin and status of the conflict minerals.
As a manufacturer of electronic devices, Bliley Technologies uses an extensive number of components in the products we produce. Some of these components contain the minerals – Tin(Sn), Gold(Au), Tungsten(W), and Tantalum(Ta) – which possibly could be smelted in the regions in and around the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), an area which has been determined to be a Conflict Region and for minerals deemed Conflict Minerals.
The supply chain for these metals is complex. Bliley Technologies is taking reasonable due diligence in our supply chain to ensure that these minerals are not sourced from this Conflict Region.
Bliley Technologies expects its suppliers to adhere to the Electronic Industry Code of Conduct (www.eicc.info) and to source these minerals only from socially and environmentally responsible sources.
Bliley Technologies and our suppliers do not knowingly use any minerals originating from Conflict Mines. Bliley Technologies regularly questions our supply chain to ensure identified Conflict Minerals are not used.