In recent years, armed rebels in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) or in adjoining countries have been conducting illegal mining and smuggling of minerals to fund their rebel activities. These actions not only serve to further conflict, but constitute violations of human rights through forced labor and the abusive treatment of local people. In July 2010, the U.S. Congress passed financial regulatory reform legislation intended to restrict the flow of funds to these armed groups. On August 22, 2012, the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted a rule that now requires companies listed on the U.S. stock exchange to disclose their sourcing of and usage of cobalt, mica, tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold obtained from rebel-controlled mines and areas.
As a components manufacturer, PBC Linear has no intention of supporting the above-mentioned illegal activities and violations of human rights. We place a high priority on communication within our supply chain with regard to such "conflict minerals." We ask our suppliers to disclose such information, and share that information as appropriate with our customers.
PBC Linear – Quality Department
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