Conflict minerals are natural minerals produced through mobilizing war and crime in conflicted nations such as Congo and Uganda. Proceeds created by conflict minerals fund the armed groups in conflict nations and are open to infringements of human rights such as child labor, forced labor, female abuse during mining. The 4 major conflict minerals (3TG) are Cassiterite (for tin), Wolframite (for tungsten), Coltan (for tantalum), and gold ore. Regulation on Conflict Minerals is a regulation to sanction usage of conflict minerals of companies to prevent violence and exploitations. KEC prevents the inclusion of conflict minerals in the production chain by requiring the regular submissions of certificates of origin by vendors. KEC will strive to fulfill social responsibilities to protect global human rights.
KEC prohibits the use of conflict minerals through strict management of its vendors. In case of usage of conflict minerals, the vendors must prove the origin of the minerals is not from the conflicted areas of Congo. KEC, out of the 4 conflict minerals, uses tin and gold in the production process, but none of the minerals are related to the conflicted regions. The below is the status of use and origin of the conflict minerals.
|Minerals||Country of origin|
|Cassiterite(for tin)||China, Malaysia|
|Gold ore||Europe, USA, Asia, Australia|
KEC regularly manages conflict minerals through the purchasing process.
The vendors of KEC must annually report the usage of "Conflict minerals - tin(Sn), Tantalum (Ta), Tungsten(W), and gold (Au), and must prove the minerals are not related to conflicted regions of Congo.
KEC ensures transparency of all KEC's products and the supply chain of our ingredients, and adheres to survey report of the EICC.
KEC Corporation expects supplies from socially responsible vendors. KEC confirms that all minerals are not conflict minerals from DRC or nearby countries and that the minerals are from other regions by regular companies.
KEC Corporation provides the Dodd-Frank regulations and all declarations required.
If the vendor does not directly mine the minerals or misses to confirm certain minerals, they must pass the supply chain requirements.
Non-abiding vendors must review global sourcing management for future businesses.