Regulations passed in the United States (2010 United States legislation, Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Section 1502) and the European Union (Regulation (EU) 2017/821 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 May 2017) urge organizations to source materials responsibly, by applying reasonable care to due diligence and compliance measures for the specified minerals (tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold) coming from conflict-affected and high-risk areas, such as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and adjoining countries.
In August of 2012, the Security and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) published final rules implementing the Act.
The Group does not directly purchase “conflict minerals”, as identified in these regulations. Arkema is nevertheless committed to responsible sourcing and has implemented a conflict minerals program. Thus, Arkema supports its customers in complying with regulations, by answering their inquiries as to whether the products purchased contain conflict minerals.