Violence and human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have drawn attention to the role of the region’s mining as a source income to perpetuate armed conflict. Some of these minerals are exported for use in products found around the world, including materials in the electronic industry. The U.S. Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Law of 2010 requires that U.S. publicly-traded companies must disclose any "conflict minerals" necessary to the functionality or production of products they manufacture or contract to manufacture. Affected minerals are currently tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold.
Cepheid is committed to corporate responsibility in our operations and in support of these standards has adopted the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development (“OECD”) framework on due diligence to monitor and manage minerals and metals used in our products. Cepheid also expects its suppliers to adopt policies and due diligence which comply with this framework.
Cepheid’s Conflict Minerals Policy
To ensure responsible sourcing of conflict minerals, Cepheid has adopted a conflict mineral policy to support this effort.
In support of our policy, Cepheid will:
- Exercise due diligence with relevant suppliers consistent with OECD’s Due Diligence Guidance framework.
- Expect our suppliers to provide due diligence information regarding their supply chain of tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold.
Cepheid’s report on conflict minerals can be found at ir.cepheid.com/sec.cfm