Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC Conflict Minerals Policy Statement
Conflict Minerals – The Dodd-Frank Act
Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC is committed to sourcing components and materials from companies that share our values around human rights, ethics and environmental responsibility. Colt supports the efforts of human rights organizations to end violence and atrocities in Central Africa (the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and nine adjoining countries: Republic of Congo, Central Africa Republic, South Sudan, Zambia, Angola, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda). It has been widely reported that the major driver of this violence is the natural abundance of the minerals tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold, now referred to as “conflict minerals.” Armed groups fight for control of mines in this region and use forced labor to mine and sell the minerals, which in turn funds ongoing violence. We expect all of our suppliers to abide by the requirements of our Supplier Code of Conduct, which prohibits human rights abuses and unethical practices. We also require all suppliers to comply with applicable legal standards and requirements.
On August 22, 2012, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued the final conflict minerals rule under Section 1502 the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Conflict Minerals Rule”). The Conflict Minerals Rule requires publicly traded companies to report annually the presence of conflict minerals (tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold, or “3TG”) originating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or adjoining countries (“Covered Countries”). Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC supports the goal of ending violence, human rights violations and environmental devastation in the Covered Countries. We are committed to complying with any requirements applicable to our Company under the Conflict Minerals Rule.
Certified conflict-free smelters are validated as compliant to the EICC (Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition) conflict free smelter (CFS) protocol using the CFS Compliant Smelter List. Through the CFS protocol, smelters are audited globally; the list of compliant smelters and refiners is posted at www.conflictfreesmelter.org.
Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC requires all of our suppliers to provide us with completed conflict minerals declarations utilizing the EICC/GeSI Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT) located at: http://www.conflictfreesourcing.org/conflict-minerals-reporting-template/. Colt may reconsider our willingness to partner with suppliers that fail to comply with this Policy.
For the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) factsheet visit: