Conflict Minerals Statement
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rules require certain companies to disclose the extent to which the products they manufacture or contract to manufacture contain so-called conflict minerals sourced from mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) or adjoining countries. On July 21, 2010, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was signed into law, which require certain companies to disclose the extent to which products they manufacture contain so-called conflict minerals. Conflict minerals include tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold (3TG), which are used in many electronic components and computer products, due to their electrical and non-corrosive properties. These minerals are often referred as “Conflict Minerals” because profits from the minerals mined from certain smelters within the DRC and adjoining countries have violated human rights and fueled war in the region for many years.
iVeia designs and manufactures hardware and software for the commercial, industrial and military markets. As a manufacturer of embedded subsystems using electronic components, iVeia maintains traceability to the original equipment manufacturer certifying the country of origin of product. iVeia does not directly purchase any Conflict Minerals from any source and does not knowingly procure any product containing Conflict Minerals from the Conflict Region. iVeia is committed to working with our supply chain to increase transparency regarding the origin and traceability of minerals contained in products.
We encourage our suppliers to adopt similar policies and management systems with respect to Conflict Minerals and to drive those efforts throughout their supply chain to ensure that the specified metals are being sourced only from (1) mines and smelters outside the “Conflict Region” or (2) mines and smelters within the Conflict Region which have been certified by an independent third party as “conflict free.”
iVeia firmly believes that its customers should be fully informed about the products they purchase. We depend on the declarations of our manufacturers. Please understand that we cannot answer any customer-specific questionnaires, given the range of our manufacturers and products. Instead, we give as standard the declarations of our manufacturers in response to the requests of our clients if they are available. iVeia does not have a direct relationship with the originator’s mines of smelters and is not able to certify as to the country of origin of the minerals contained in the products manufactured by iVeia’s suppliers. We rely on these suppliers to manage their supply chain according to the Responsible Minerals Initiative. With more than 380 member companies, the Responsible Minerals Initiative is one of the most utilized and respected resources for companies from a range of industries addressing responsible mineral sourcing issues in their supply chain(s), which provides companies with tools and resources to make sourcing decisions that improve the regulatory compliance and support responsible sourcing of minerals from conflict-affected and high-risk areas.