Conflict Minerals Positioning Statement
On August 22, 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Conflict Minerals Regulations”), which mandates that companies publicly disclose their use of certain minerals that originate from mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) or adjoining countries. The goal of the act is to cut direct and indirect funding of any mines in the DRC that are controlled by armed militias responsible for humanitarian harm, including abuses against women and children. The minerals covered by the rule – coined conflict minerals – include tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold (3TG).
These conflict minerals are widely used in several manufactured goods and across many industries, including aerospace. Since the minerals in many Rockwell Collins products enter the supply chain through several sources of supply, and since Rockwell Collins does not procure these metals directly from the mines or smelters, we must rely heavily on information from our suppliers to determine the origin of the minerals. Nonetheless, Rockwell Collins is deeply committed to identifying the conflict minerals contained in our products in order to achieve compliance with the Conflict Minerals Regulations. It has always been Rockwell Collins’ policy to comply with all applicable federal, state and local regulations including those relevant to our material acquisitions practices. Our education regarding Conflict Minerals Regulations will continue to evolve as more information becomes available.
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