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.
Concerns and alleged violations of this Policy can be reported by writing us at Cepheid: Cepheid, Attn: Conflict Minerals Team, 904 Caribbean Drive, Sunnyvale, CA, 94089 or e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reports will be kept confidential to the extent practicable and allowed by law. No retaliatory action will be taken against our employees, suppliers, or other parties who make a report in good faith. Our suppliers are encouraged to contact email@example.com if they wish to seek guidance on the application of this Policy.