ADVANCED ULTRASOUND ELECTRONICS CONFLICT MINERALS DECLARATION
The Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act ( Pub.L. 111-203, H.R. 4173 ) was signed into U.S. federal law on July 21, 2010. Section 1502 lays out reporting obligations for companies that are publicly traded in the US and thus governed by the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC). Section 1502 requires companies that make products for which 3TG metals (tantalum, tin, tungsten & gold) are necessary to the functionality or production of that product to assess their supply chains and publically report on the source of these materials if they are sourced from regions of conflict in and around the Democratic Republic of Congo. Although AUE is not a publically traded company, and therefore not directly subject to this law, we are providing this declaration to our downstream customers to help them comply with any obligations relative to this law. Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform & Consumer Protection Act:
In order to facilitate the declaration of AUE’s reasonable country of origin inquiries with our suppliers, we have decided to use the reporting template created by the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition® (EICC) and the Global eSustainability Initiative (GeSI). This template provides a common means for the collection of sourcing information on conflict minerals. A copy of the template and further information on this program can be found at the following link:
AUE’s Corporate Position on Conflict Minerals
To meet the requirements of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act, section 1502, AUE commits to conducting a “reasonable country of origin inquiry” with all our suppliers of 3TG containing raw materials. AUE will not source 3TG containing raw materials from any supplier that is not able to provide us satisfactory confirmation that they themselves have conducted a “reasonable country of origin inquiry” to determine that their 3TG metals are not originally sourced from the Democratic Republic of Congo or adjoining countries. NOTE: The contract for supply of the customer’s AUE Product(s) remains between the customer and AUE or AUE distributor as appropriate. Responsibility for the information provided hereunder rests solely with that supplying entity. This declaration does not represent a commitment to supply any AUE product.