HORIBA Group will regard a responsible minerals sourcing (*1) as a social responsibility as a company, and will correspond to issues on it with engaging in consultation with our suppliers and customers. Through the annual survey based on a Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT) of RMI (*2), HORIBA cooperates to ensure complete compliance with the law.
*1. A responsible minerals sourcing is to make an effort not to use minerals produced in conflict areas and high risk areas from perspective of a social responsibility as a company. The export of minerals from the target areas has become the source of income for armed insurgents and anti-government organizations. Because of this, and to execute Article 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, 2010, the U.S. Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) adopted a rule in August 2012 to request listed American companies to disclose information on conflict minerals (gold, tin, tantalum and tungsten produced in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and surrounding nine countries).
*2. RMI (Responsible Material Initiative) is a group leading conflict minerals issues.