Response to Conflict Minerals
In recent years, armed rebels in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) or in adjoining countries have been conducting illegal mining and smuggling of minerals to fund their rebel activities. These actions not only serve to further conflict but constitute violations of human rights through forced labor and the abusive treatment of local people. In July 2010, the U.S. Congress passed financial regulatory reform legislation intended to restrict the flow of funds to these armed groups. On August 22, 2012, the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted a rule that now requires companies listed on the U.S. stock exchange to disclose their sourcing and usage of tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold obtained from rebel-controlled mines and areas.
As a manufacturer of electronic assemblies, AMS Software & Elektronik GmbH has no intention of supporting the above-mentioned illegal activities and violations of human rights. We place a high priority on communication in our supply chain with regard to such "conflict minerals." We expect our suppliers to disclose such information so that we can pass it on to our customers if necessary.