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Conflict Minerals Policy


18th November 2016
 

Sarsen Technology Limited is a sales and marketing company for 14 manufacturers of high-technology electronic hardware and software products. On an annual basis, we request that the manufacturers we represent provide details of their Conflict Minerals Policy and the procedures they follow to ensure that they meet the requirements of the Conflict Minerals Final Rule documented in Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The Conflict Minerals Policy for each of the manufacturers we represent is available upon request.

Sarsen Technology has either obtained, or is in the process of obtaining, information from our suppliers concerning the origin of the metals that are used in the manufacture of the products we supply and support. Based upon information provided by our suppliers, Sarsen Technology does not knowingly use metals derived from the Conflict Region. If we discover the use of minerals produced in facilities that are considered “non-conflict free”, in any product we procure, Sarsen Technology will take the appropriate action to transition product to be “conflict free”.

Yours faithfully





Nigel Norman
Managing Director
Sarsen Technology Limited

 
 
Conflict minerals are minerals mined in conditions of armed conflict and human rights abuses, and which are sold or traded by armed groups. This has for some years been a particular problem in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Conflict minerals in the eastern DRC are generally defined ( including in US legislation and the OECD due diligence guidance for responsible mineral supply chains) as cassiterite (tin), coltan (tantalum), wolframite (tungsten) and gold, or derivatives of these minerals. Sometimes these minerals are referred to as the ‘three Ts’ - tin, tantalum and tungsten (and gold).
 
Mineral Image Description Major Uses
Cassiterite Cassiterite Ore from which tin is extracted Plating and solders for joining pipes and electronic circuits
 
Coltan
(Columbite-tantalite)
Coltan Ore Ore from which tantalum is extracted Electrical components (including those used in mobile phones, computers, videogame consoles), aircraft and surgical components
Gold Gold Rare metal found in a native (pure) form and obtained as a by-product of other mining operations Jewellery, electronic, communications and aerospace equipment
Wolframite Wolframite Ore from which tungsten is extracted Metal wires, electrodes and contacts in lighting, electronic, electrical, heating and welding applications

For more information please visit the guidance pages on the UK Government website - www.gov.uk
 
 

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