Conflict minerals

NORDIC SEMICONDUCTOR’S POLICY ON CONFLICT MINERALS 

The eastern portion of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has long been the site of one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, and the conflict there continues.

Conflict minerals are defined as the metals tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold (3TG), which are the derivatives of the minerals cassiterite, columbite-tantalite and wolframite, respectively, and regardless of whether or not these minerals finance conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) or adjoining countries.

As part of Nordic Semiconductor’s commitment to social responsibility and compliance to the Responsible Business Alliance, (RBA) (previously known as Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition, EICC) Code of Conduct, it is our policy to only have part in trade where the respect for human rights is upheld, and where trade is not contributing to violent conflicts. It is our goal that our products and our supply chain shall be “conflict free”, i.e. free of materials that directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed entities.

In support of this policy, Nordic Semiconductor commits to:

  • Exercise due diligence with relevant suppliers consistent with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas and encourage our suppliers to do likewise with their suppliers.
  • Work with our suppliers to enable products that are conflict-free.
  • Provide due diligence information to confirm the conflict free status of relevant material in our supply chain.
  • Transparent implementation of this policy by making available reports on our progress to relevant stakeholders and the public.

To reasonably ensure conflict-free supply chains, suppliers are expected to adopt policies and due diligence measures, and to require their suppliers to adopt similar policies and measures.