7. Conflict Minerals
Omnitek is a company with a strong commitment to social responsibility. We believe that as a sustainable company we need our suppliers to join us in this commitment based on a shared set of values and principles.
There has been increased awareness of violence and human rights violations in the mining of certain minerals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and surrounding countries. Omnitek shares the deep concern about sources of minerals from these conflict zones and is therefore committed to make its products DRC conflict-free and obtain full transparency throughout its supply chain.
Omnitek supports the goals and objectives of Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which aims to prevent the use of conflict minerals that directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed groups in The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) or an adjoining country as defined in the Act (Conflict Region). Conflict minerals include: tantalum (columbite-tantalite or coltan), tin (cassiterite), tungsten (wolframite), gold or their derivatives and could expand to include any other mineral or their derivative determined by the U.S. Secretary of State to be financing the DRC conflict. The Act requires companies to perform due diligence with respect to the sourcing of conflict minerals and to file annual reports relating to use of conflict minerals.
Omnitek, like many companies in electronic product industries, uses some of these materials in the manufacturing of its products as they are required for the functional performance of the products. Omnitek does not purchase these metals directly from smelters or mines, so must rely on the source information provided by our suppliers.
Omnitek’s suppliers and external manufacturers are required to meet Omnitek's Supplier Approval Process, which includes requirements relating to conflict minerals and responsible sourcing. Omnitek suppliers shall have a policy to reasonably assure that the tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold in the products they manufacture do not directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed groups that are perpetrators of serious human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo or an adjoining country. Omnitek’s suppliers shall exercise due diligence on the source and chain of custody of these minerals and shall make their due diligence measures available to Omnitek upon Omnitek’s request.