Armed groups engaged in mining operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and adjoining countries are believed to be subjecting workers to serious human rights abuses and are using proceeds from the sale of conflict minerals (tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold, or “3TG”) to finance regional conflicts. In response to these concerns, the US Congress enacted Section 1502 of the Dodd‐Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act aimed at preventing the use of conflict minerals that finance or benefit these armed groups. The legislation requires US publicly traded companies using conflict minerals in their products to disclose the source of such minerals.
For more information on Conflict Minerals and Section 1502 of the Dodd‐Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, please access the final rule on the SEC website: https://www.sec.gov/rules/final/2012/34-67716.pdf
ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions, Americas Division Policy on Conflict Minerals
While ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions, Americas Division is not a US publicly traded company subject to SEC reporting, ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions, Americas Division fully supports avoiding the use of conflict minerals and will act responsibly to ensure that our products meet the needs of our customers and to support the aim of this legislation.
Some products from ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions, Americas Division brands, use 3TG materials as they are required for the functional performance of the products. However, ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions, Americas Division does not purchase these materials directly from smelters or mines, so we must rely on information provided by our suppliers to determine the origin of the materials. Affected suppliers to ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions will be required to be or commit to becoming “conflict-free” (which means that such supplier does not source conflict minerals that directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed groups in the DRC or adjoining countries). Each affected supplier to ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions will be required to provide a completed Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT) evidencing such supplier’s commitment to becoming conflict-free and documenting facilities refining and smelting the tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold that it supplies to ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions.
Updates to ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions Americas Division conflict minerals status and policy will be posted on our sustainability website:
If you have specific questions regarding ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions, Americas Division products and Conflict Minerals policy or wish to obtain a copy of our CMRT please contact ConflictMinerals.Americas@assaabloy.com.