Conflict minerals

Before a delivery, please inform us if the products/materials you are supplying to us contain conflict minerals. If this is the case, please specify which exact conflict minerals are involved and which products are affected.

Otherwise, we shall assume that no conflict minerals are present in your products/materials.

On 19 May 2017 Regulation (EU) 2017/821 laying down supply chain due diligence obligations for Union importers of certain minerals and metals from conflict-affected and high-risk areas was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The obligations for EU importers apply from 1 January 2021. The law designates tin, tantalum, gold and tungsten as conflict minerals.

The trade in conflict minerals is also regulated in the USA. The “Dodd-Frank Act” of 2010 (Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act) contains reporting and disclosure obligations for listed US companies in respect of the use of conflict minerals.

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) defines gold, columbite tantalite (coltan), cassiterite, wolframite or their derivatives (tin, tantalum and tungsten) as “conflict minerals” in the SEC Conflict Minerals Rule, 77 Fed. Reg. 56274 (Sept. 12, 2012).

These regulations are one of the methods used to prevent the financing of armed groups by controlling trade in conflict minerals.

We hereby confirm that August Rüggeberg GmbH & Co. KG, Pferd Werkzeuge, is not involved in the direct import of any conflict minerals. Furthermore, we currently have no information from our suppliers that our products could contain any minerals or metals originating from conflict-affected or high-risk areas.

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