Policy on Conflict Minerals
In August 2012, Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act was finalized with specific language relating to “conflict minerals,” which include tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold derived in The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) or surrounding countries. Some of the mining operations in the DRC are controlled by warring militias who are believed to finance armed conflict with profits from the sale of these minerals. This on-going conflict has been linked to human rights violations, labor abuses, and environmental destruction.
Alere is committed to the responsible sourcing of materials through compliance with the conflict mineral disclosure requirements. The new rules require companies with securities registered in the US that use conflict minerals in their products to determine whether those minerals originated in the DRC or surrounding countries, and disclose this annually on Form SD filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
While our supply chain is complex and tracing the source of minerals used in our products is a challenge, we are committed to complying with the new reporting requirements and we have implemented appropriate compliance measures. These include reasonable country of origin inquiries and additional supply chain due diligence that follows the framework of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. We expect our suppliers to perform similar due diligence on their own supply chains and to otherwise cooperate with us as necessary to support these efforts.