ECOVACS Conflict Minerals Policy Statement
"Conflict minerals" refers to gold, tantalum, tungsten, tin and other metallic minerals mined in conflict areas controlled by non-governmental military groups or unlawful military factions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The illegal mining profits obtained by these local military groups are stolen from citizens, causing human rights violations and environmental degradation in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. The origins of such minerals include the prohibited countries of origin defined in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, passed in 2010, namely the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the nine countries with which it shares internationally recognized borders, which are Angola, Burundi, the Central African Republic, the Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
Based on corporate social responsibility and respect for international human rights, ECOVACS hereby makes the following statement concerning metallic minerals (hereinafter referred to as "conflict minerals") that come from areas of armed conflict, illegal mining and poor working conditions:
ECOVACS does not accept metals from conflict-affected mining areas and takes relevant measures to avoid the use of such conflict minerals in its products, requiring suppliers to investigate in detail whether minerals containing gold (Au), tantalum (Ta), tin (Sn), tungsten (W) and other metals in their products come from the Democratic Republic of the Congo or neighboring countries and regions, and, when necessary, to furnish the information acquired from such investigations on request.