We share the concern of our customers that the trade of gold, columbite-tantalite (coltan) or its derivative tantalum, cassiterite or its derivative tin, wolframite or its derivative tungsten, (the “Conflict Minerals”) sourced from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Angola, Congo, or the Central African Republic (the “Covered Countries”) may come from mines or trading routes controlled by armed groups in the Covered Countries. It is our established practice not to knowingly purchase any raw materials that contain Conflict Minerals that directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed groups in the Covered Countries.
The supply chain associated with Conflict Minerals is complex and we have been working with our suppliers to determine the sources of the Conflict Minerals in the raw materials supplied to us. We encourage our direct suppliers to source responsibly with certified conflict free smelters, wherever possible, to increase our level of confidence that the parts in our vehicles and products contain conflict free minerals. Continental collects conflict minerals due diligence information from its suppliers and requires the suppliers to provide smelter names, country of origin, contact information etc. We review due diligence information (smelter data) received from suppliers. Corrective action and follow-up is implemented with suppliers who provide inadequate or incomplete responses. Additionally Continental provides training and guidance as needed to all relevant stakeholders. We generally provide conflict minerals reports to our customers through the iPoint Conflict Minerals Platform. (The iPoint Conflict Minerals Platform is a web-based software solution that supports companies in collecting, managing, aggregating and reporting Conflict Minerals information.) Customers that are not using iPoint receive from Continental a spread sheet called the CMRT (Conflict Minerals Report Template).