The supply of minerals such as Tantalum etc. from Africa has been shrouded in mass media exhortations over the years and most people are unaware that the sector is very controlled by local and international bodies.
Regardless of this our company policy and ethics has always been:
“Whatever is my right as a man is also the right of another; and it becomes my duty to guarantee as well as to possess.”
― Thomas Paine, Rights of Man
Section 1502 of the US law known as the "Dodd-Frank Act" includes a requirement that companies using gold, tin, tungsten and tantalum make efforts to determine if those materials came from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) or an adjoining country and, if so, to carry out a "due diligence" review of their supply chain to determine whether their mineral purchases are funding armed groups in eastern DRC. The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued the final rule implementing Section 1502 in August 2012. The rule requires companies to report publicly on their due diligence and to have their reports independently audited. The initial reporting period started in January 2013.
ETHICAL PRINCIPLES of the company
1. We uphold and value human dignity which is inviolable to us.
2. Our daily business operations do not support the oppression of minorities in any form whatsoever.
3. We do not advocate or involve ourselves in any forms of corruption.
4. We uphold and protect human life in all forms.
5. Our operations are guided by the fundamental requirement to improve the welfare of the people and the economy of Rwanda.
6. We do not knowingly conduct business with any persons or groups involved in acts of violence.
7. We do not knowingly conduct business with any persons or groups that purchase minerals from rebel or armed groups.
8. All our Suppliers acknowledge and sign acceptance that they adhere to the above ethical principles
9. In a continuous effort to apply and to improve these Ethical Fundamentals, we will, from time to time, make inquiries, request documentation and investigate, either directly, or through intermediaries, which investigations must be allowed by clients, Suppliers and contractors doing business with us
10. All our Suppliers are issued a copy of the translated OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas and committed to adhering to its requirements which we, as a company and a group, whole heartedly support.
11. We agree to comply with the OECD ‘Model Supply Chain Policy’, set under Annex II of the OECD ‘Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Global Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict Affected and High-Risk Areas’ (the “OECD Guidance”).
12. All our Suppliers are issued a copy of the OECD Guidance and committed to adhering to its requirements which we, as a company and a group, whole heartedly support,.
13. All staff working for us is employed under the current employment contract which complies with the national laws