In 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) finalized reporting requirements to disclose the use of designated minerals and metals mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo and adjacent countries. Cassiterite (a source of tin), wolframite (a source of tungsten), columbite-tantalite (or coltan, a source of tantalum) and gold are often referred to collectively as conflict minerals. Such minerals may be used in electronic and communications equipment that we use or sell.
As a signatory of the UNGC, we are committed to preventing human rights abuses that could result from our operations. These SEC reporting requirements for conflict minerals, mandated by Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, came into effect for our 2013 annual reporting cycle. Through the establishment of an internal Conflict Minerals Working Group, we have performed our due diligence and have met the reporting requirements each year, including in 2018.