In response to violence and human rights violations in the mining of certain minerals from the “Conflict Region”, which includes the Democratic Republic of the Congo and specified adjoining countries, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission adopted rules to implement reporting and disclosure requirements related to Conflict Minerals as directed by the Dodd-Frank Act. The rules require manufacturers who file certain reports with the SEC to disclose whether the products they manufacture or contract to manufacture contain Conflict Minerals that are necessary to the functionality or production of those products.
While we, as a privately-held corporation, are not subject to the Conflict Minerals rules and reporting requirements, we understand that our customers may be, and we are committed to helping our customers comply with their reporting requirements.
The definition of “Conflict Minerals” collectively refers to gold, as well as tin, tantalum, and tungsten, the derivatives of cassiterite, columbite-tantalite, and wolframite. The U.S. Secretary of State may designate other minerals in the future.
EMC supports the humanitarian goal of ending violent conflict in the Conflict Region and we are committed to sourcing components and materials from companies that share our values around human rights, ethics and environmental responsibility. We expect all our suppliers to abide by a code of conduct that prohibits human rights abuses and unethical practices. We also require all suppliers to comply with applicable legal standards and requirements.
EMC does not directly purchase any Conflict Minerals from any source and does not knowingly procure any product containing Conflict Minerals from the Conflict Region. We are committed to the responsible sourcing of Conflict Minerals throughout our supply chain and will continue to work with our key suppliers to ensure that we are able to identify the use of Conflict Minerals in our supply chain.
Russell F. Leonard
President and Chief Executive Officer
November 15, 2015