EMCORE Corporation has a strong commitment to business ethics and to complying with the laws that govern the conduct of our businesses worldwide. For many years a we have practiced a Code of Business Conduct and Ethics that outlines the broad principles of legal and ethical business conduct embraced by EMCORE. We are also committed to continually evaluating our business practices with respect to our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, taking into consideration the interests of our customers, shareholders, employees, suppliers and the communities in which we work and live.
Within our industry the mining of minerals from conflict affected areas like the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where armed conflict and human rights abuses exist, has become an area of concern. The use of certain types of metals including gold, tin, tantalum, and tungsten are potentially derived from minerals obtained from the conflict affected areas in the DRC where their mining may be funding armed conflict. EMCORE is talking steps to ensure that we and our suppliers do not use metals derived from minerals obtained from conflict affected areas where possible.
First, EMCORE has assigned a supply chain manager to (i) manage the Conflict Minerals compliance program, (ii) liaise with outside consultants on this issue, (iii) conduct reviews of collected data, and (iv) make decisions regarding the due diligence program, including risk mitigation. Second, EMCORE has requested that suppliers of goods incorporated into our products provide us with Conflict Mineral declarations for their products. Third, EMCORE’s Conflict Minerals Position Statement encourages our suppliers to source responsibly, through their sub-suppliers and on down through their own supply chains. In this position statement, we encourage our suppliers and their sub-suppliers to use Conflict-Free Smelter program certified (“CFS”) smelters wherever possible, to increase our level of confidence that EMCORE products are DRC Conflict Free.