Alpha Facility Certified as Compliant Conflict Free Smelter
Posted 12/10/2013 by Paul Cote
On August 22, 2012, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") published the final rules of implementation of Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act regarding Conflict Minerals. This section of the Act was enacted by Congress in order to help eradicate the sales of "Conflict Minerals" by armed militant groups participating in armed regional conflicts from the Democratic Republic of Congo (“DRC”) and adjoining countries (the “Conflict Countries”).
As a further step in this process, Alpha’s Altoona, PA, USA facility has received certification as a conflict-free minerals smelter by the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition, Incorporated (EICC) and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) Conflict-Free Smelter Audit Review Committee, as confirmed by a 3rd party compliance audit of its facility on November 11, 2013. Alpha is an early adopter of the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI).
“As the leading global supplier of soldering materials, Alpha acknowledges the importance of the Conflict Minerals legislation and its impact on the global electronics supply chain,” says Tom Hunsinger, Alpha’s Director of Global Product Management. “We are proud to announce that our Altoona, PA manufacturing facility has passed the EICC/GeSI Conflict-Free Smelter audit and is now recognized by a 3rd Party Audit team as being compliant with the EICC/GeSI Tin validation protocol. This certification, as well as our participation in the Conflict-Free Tin Initiative, demonstrates our leadership and commitment to a conflict-free supply chain for the electronics assembly industry.”
Alpha takes very seriously its obligations in this process and has for more than a year been very proactive in communicating its goals to suppliers for transparency and documented certification of its source Tin's status as "Conflict-Free". Alpha has documented and implemented a Conflict Minerals Policy based on the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) Framework for Due Diligence.
For more information about Alpha’s Conflict Minerals Policy go to: alpha.alent.com/Regulatory/Conflict-Minerals