Per the United States Securities and Exchange Commission “On August 22, 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted a new rule and form, as mandated by Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank Act”), to require companies to publicly disclose their use of conflict minerals that originated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (“DRC”) or an adjoining country (together with the DRC, “Covered Countries”).”
The term “Conflict Minerals” as stated above refers to tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold which are collectively known as 3TG. These metals are widely used and found in small amounts within almost all electronic products. Revenue from the mining of these minerals within the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as well as nine other neighboring countries, has been linked to the funding of groups who have been tied to extreme violence and human rights atrocities.
Per the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, public companies operating within the US that produce products that contain 3TG metals must assess and report on the source of these materials.
While ZPE Systems does not source any of these materials in their raw form, we understand that they are contained within many of the products we offer. ZPE systems abides by strict corporate social responsibility standards in order to ensure that we remain accountable to ourselves, our stakeholders, and the public. As such, ZPE Systems is constantly working with our suppliers to ensure that all components and raw materials are ethically sourced and are fully compliant with all rules, regulations, and standards.