Securities and Exchange Commission
Washington, D.C. 20549
SPECIALIZED DISCLOSURE REPORT
Western Digital Corporation
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
5601 Great Oaks Parkway
San Jose, California
|(Address of principal executive offices)||(Zip Code)|
Michael C. Ray
Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary
(Name and telephone number, including area code, of the person to contact in connection with this report.)
Check the appropriate box to indicate the rule pursuant to which this form is being filed, and provide the period to which the information in this form applies:
Rule 13p-1 under the Securities Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13p-1) for the reporting period from January 1 through December 31, 2020.
Section 1Conflict Minerals Disclosure
|Item 1.01|| |
Conflict Minerals Disclosure and Report
As required by Rule 13p-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Conflict Minerals Rule), Western Digital Corporation (the Company) has filed this Form SD for the reporting period from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020.
The description of the Companys reasonable country of origin inquiry (RCOI) process, the results of our inquiry, and the determination we reached as a result of the RCOI are included in the Companys Conflict Minerals Report, attached as an exhibit to this Form SD.
This Form SD and our Conflict Minerals Report, filed as an Exhibit to this Form SD, are publicly available on the Internet at: http://investor.wdc.com/sec.cfm. The content of any website referred to in this Form SD or the related Conflict Minerals Report is included for general information only and is not incorporated by reference in this Form SD or the related Conflict Minerals Report.
|Item 1.02|| |
The Conflict Minerals Report described in Item 1.01 is filed as Exhibit 1.01 to this Form SD.
|Item 2.01|| |
The following exhibit is filed as part of this report.
|Exhibit 1.01||Conflict Minerals Report as required by Items 1.01 and 1.02 of this Form SD.|
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the duly authorized undersigned.
WESTERN DIGITAL CORPORATION
|By:||May 28, 2021|
|Name:||Michael C. Ray|
|Title:||Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary|
WESTERN DIGITAL CORPORATION
Conflict Minerals Report
For the Reporting Period from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020
Western Digital Corporation has filed this Conflict Minerals Report as an exhibit to its Form SD for calendar year 2020 as contemplated by Rule 13p-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Conflict Minerals Rule).
Unless the context indicates otherwise, the terms we, its, us, our and Company refer to Western Digital Corporation, or WDC, and its consolidated subsidiaries. As used herein and consistent with the Conflict Minerals Rule, Conflict Minerals or 3TG are columbite-tantalite (coltan), cassiterite, gold, wolframite and the derivatives tantalum, tin and tungsten, without regard to the location of origin of the minerals or derivative metals.
This document contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Any statements that do not relate to historical or current facts or matters are forward-looking statements. You can identify some of the forward-looking statements by the use of forward-looking words, such as intend and the like, or the use of future tense. Statements concerning current conditions may also be forward-looking if they imply a continuation of current conditions. Examples of forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements concerning the additional steps that we intend to take to mitigate risks related to the sourcing of the necessary 3TG.
Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual actions or performance to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, (1) the continued implementation of satisfactory traceability and other compliance measures by our direct and indirect suppliers on a timely basis or at all, (2) whether smelters and refiners and other market participants responsibly source 3TG, (3) political and regulatory developments, whether in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, its adjoining countries, the United States or elsewhere. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of filing of this document. We do not intend, and undertake no obligation, to publish revised forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of filing of this document or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
Applicability of the Conflict Minerals Rule to Our Company
We are a leading developer, manufacturer and provider of data storage devices and solutions that address the evolving needs of the information technology industry and the infrastructure that enables the proliferation of data in virtually every industry. We create environments for data to thrive. We are driving the innovation needed to help customers capture, preserve, access and transform an ever-increasing diversity of data. Everywhere data lives, from advanced data centers to mobile sensors to personal devices, our industry-leading solutions deliver the possibilities of data.
Our broad portfolio of technology and products address the following key markets: Client Devices; Data Center Devices and Solutions; and Client Solutions. We also generate license and royalty revenue from our extensive intellectual property, which is included in each of these three end-market categories.
We are subject to the Conflict Minerals Rule because certain products that we manufacture or contract to be manufactured contain 3TG that are necessary to the functionality or production of the products. We do not directly source 3TG from mines, smelters or refiners. However, through the efforts described in this Conflict Minerals Report, we seek to ensure that our sourcing practices are consistent with the expectations stated in our Responsible Minerals Policy, which is consistent with the model policy included in the OECD guidance.
Our Responsible Minerals Policy
We strongly disapprove of the violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (the DRC) and adjoining countries (collectively, the Covered Countries). Since well before the adoption of the Conflict Minerals Rule, we have been committed to supporting responsible sourcing of 3TG, including from the Covered Countries through conformant smelters and refiners. We started communicating with suppliers in 2010 regarding this issue. We also take seriously our compliance obligations under the Conflict Minerals Rule. To these ends, we have adopted and communicated to our suppliers and the public our Responsible Minerals Policy, which includes our policy on Conflict Minerals (our Responsible Minerals Policy). Our Responsible Minerals Policy expresses our expectation that our suppliers:
supply 3TG to us that are responsibly sourced, including from conformant smelters in the Covered Countries, by which we mean (a) any 3TG necessary to the functionality and production of supplied materials do not directly or indirectly finance armed groups through mining or mineral trading in the Covered Countries, or (b) any 3TG in supplied materials are from recycled or scrap sources; and
adopt policies with respect to 3TG in support of our Responsible Minerals Policy and, throughout the supply chain, to require their suppliers to adopt similar policies.
Under the Conflict Minerals Rule, an armed group is an armed group that is identified as a perpetrator of serious human rights abuses in annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices under sections 116(d) and 502B(b) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 relating to a Covered Country.
We do not embargo, nor do we support the embargoing of, 3TG from Covered Countries, but rather encourage our suppliers to continue to source responsibly from the region.
In addition, we have been a member of the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) since 2007. The RBA is the worlds largest industry coalition dedicated to electronics supply chain responsibility. Through the RBAs Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI), we have worked with and continue to work with other companies focusing on responsible 3TG sourcing. We regularly participate in the RBA and RMI working group meetings including Sensing and Prioritization, the Due Diligence Practice Team and the Mineral Reporting Team, as well as working with the China Smelter Engagement Team (China SET). Employees selected for the China SET workgroup are able to communicate in Mandarin and conduct outreach with, or perform due diligence on, select smelters.
Reasonable Country of Origin Inquiry Information
As required by the Conflict Minerals Rule, we conducted in good faith a reasonable country of origin inquiry (RCOI) covering 2020. Our RCOI was reasonably designed to determine whether any of the necessary 3TG contained in our products originated in the Covered Countries or came from recycled or scrap sources. We identified 149 suppliers that we believe provided us with components, parts or products containing necessary 3TG, or that we believe may have provided us with components, parts or products containing necessary 3TG. We provided those suppliers with, and asked those suppliers to complete, the Conflict Minerals Reporting Template developed by the RMI. 100% of those suppliers responded to our request for information. We then evaluate supplier response completeness, reliability and the logic of the data provided and provide feedback to those suppliers.
For 2020, the responding suppliers identified a total of 241 different smelters and refiners that processed the necessary 3TG contained in our products. Based on the information reported by our suppliers that submitted Conflict Minerals Reporting Templates to us and the country of origin information that the RMI1 makes available to its members, we concluded that 25 of these smelters and refiners sourced or may have sourced from the Covered Countries.
Thirty-one (31) of the smelters and refiners that were identified by suppliers as having processed necessary 3TG in our products were reasonably believed by us to have sourced only recycled or scrap content for 2020, based on origin information that the RMI makes available to its members. To the extent that a smelter or refiner processed both recycled or scrap and newly mined 3TG, we were unable to determine the origin of the necessary 3TG in our products.
The RMI has a cross-recognition program that incorporates information published by the London Bullion Market Association, the Responsible Jewellery Council and the Tungsten Industry Conflict Minerals Council, where available.
Some of our suppliers were unable to provide country of origin information to us because of incomplete or insufficiently detailed responses from their own suppliers. As a result, we were unable to determine that none of our necessary 3TG originated in the Covered Countries or whether they are from recycled or scrap sources. Therefore, we conducted due diligence on the source and chain of custody of those necessary conflict minerals in our products.
For our reasonable country of origin inquiry, to the extent applicable, we utilized many of the same processes and procedures as for our due diligence, in particular Steps 1 and 2 of the OECD Guidance (as defined below), which are described below in this Conflict Minerals Report.
Due Diligence Design
We have designed our due diligence measures relating to 3TG to conform with, in all material respects, the due diligence framework set forth in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Developments (OECD) Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas, including the Supplement on Tin, Tantalum and Tungsten and the Supplement on Gold (Third Edition) (collectively, the OECD Guidance).
Due Diligence Measures Performed
The following is a description of the due diligence measures we performed during/for the Reporting Period. The headings below conform to the headings used in the OECD Guidance for each of the five steps.
OECD Step #1: Establish and maintain strong company management systems
We have a team of senior staff who are members of the working group responsible for the management and continued implementation of our 3TG compliance strategy. This staff reports to senior leadership of our Company. The following functional areas are represented on the working group or are otherwise involved with our compliance process: legal; corporate sustainability; procurement; and quality. Leadership of the compliance program resides with our Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer. The Governance Committee of our Board of Directors also reviews our Companys corporate responsibility and sustainability policies and programs, as well as the Companys public reporting on these topics.
Members of the Global Procurement Responsible Supply Chain team receive training from RMI on the Conflict Minerals Rule, the OECD Guidance, our compliance program and our procedures for reviewing and validating supplier responses to our inquiries. We have internal procedures documents addressing various aspects of our compliance program, including our review and validation of supplier responses. These documents are communicated to the members of the working group.
We utilize specialist outside counsel and other consultants to assist us with our compliance efforts.
We have a Responsible Minerals Policy, which includes our position on conflict minerals, including our commitment to responsible sourcing from Covered Countries. The Responsible Minerals Policy is posted on our website at https://www.westerndigital.com and is distributed electronically to supplier-facing employees and all suppliers of materials that we believe contain 3TG.
We utilize the RMIs Conflict Minerals Reporting Template to identify smelters and refiners in our supply chain. We request in-scope suppliers to complete the Conflict Minerals Reporting Template in order to provide information concerning the usage and source of 3TG in their components, parts and products, as well as information concerning their related due diligence and compliance efforts. We encourage our suppliers to consult the information contained on the RMI website and to participate in appropriate third-party training to enhance the accuracy and quality of the information that they provide to us.
We are actively engaged with the RBA and the RMI through our participation in working groups and with smelter engagement teams. Our membership in these organizations allows us to stay abreast of regulatory guidance and further align our internal procedures with industry best practices.
We have procedures to maintain business records relating to 3TG due diligence, including records of due diligence processes, findings and resulting decisions, on a computerized database for at least six years.
Certain of our forms of purchase order terms and conditions, as well as our component purchase agreements with suppliers, contain a requirement that our suppliers comply with environmental specifications for materials, components and products, which specifically require 3TG to be DRC conflict free and reference the RBA Code of Conduct, which requires the responsible sourcing of minerals generally.
We review selected supplier policies to determine whether they call or advocate for an embargo of 3TG from Covered Countries. Policies were selected for review based on the information provided by suppliers in their Conflict Minerals Reporting Templates. If any reviewed suppliers were suspected of embargoing Covered Countries, we followed up with such suppliers to urge them to amend their policies.
With the annual dissemination of the Conflict Minerals Reporting Template, we provide all in-scope suppliers with a copy of our Responsible Minerals Policy and indicate third-party resources that they can refer to for additional information.
We discuss our assessment of our suppliers conflict minerals responses during our supplier business reviews. In addition, we maintain supplier risk profiles, which include risk indicators and smelter risk for all in-scope suppliers. We request that our suppliers follow these same procedures in their supply chain.
As a grievance mechanism, we have a third-party managed Ethics Helpline available for employees, suppliers and other interested parties to report potential violations of our Responsible Minerals Policy. We communicate to these stakeholders the availability of our Ethics Helpline for reporting potential violations of our company policies, which include our Responsible Minerals Policy. The number for the Ethics Helpline is (877) 548-6716. The number is available on our website and a link to make a report online is included in our Responsible Minerals Policy. It is our policy that if concerns about our 3TG sourcing or potential violations were to be reported, we would investigate appropriately.
OECD Step #2: Identify and assess risk in the supply chain
We sent requests to all of our suppliers that we identified as having provided us with components, parts or products containing 3TG, or that we believe may have provided us with components, parts or products containing 3TG, in the calendar year ended December 31, 2020, and asked them to provide us with a completed Conflict Minerals Reporting Template. We requested that our suppliers furnish us with a completed template at the product level (i.e., specific to the products that they sold to us, rather than pertaining to the products sold to all of their customers). We managed our follow-up process through a compliance software program, and suppliers that did not respond to the request for a completed Conflict Minerals Reporting Template received follow-up emails until it was completed. We also provide one-on-one technical training via conference call as necessary to help suppliers complete the Conflict Minerals Reporting Template.
As part of the supplier on-boarding process, we required that new suppliers acknowledge and comply with our Responsible Minerals Policy before we made purchases from them. Next, we asked the supplier to complete a Conflict Minerals Reporting Template or otherwise made inquiries concerning the 3TG content of the components, parts and/or products we are purchasing to determine whether they are in-scope suppliers for purposes of our conflict minerals program. We continue to survey suppliers annually thereafter if they are identified as an in-scope supplier.
Conflict Minerals Reporting Templates are sorted in the compliance software program based on our internally-approved review criteria, which identifies red flags such as incomplete responses, potential errors, inaccuracies and potential Covered Country sourcing. As part of our review, we checked whether smelters and refiners disclosed by suppliers processed the types of metals contained in the components, parts and products sourced from those suppliers. We followed up by email or phone with suppliers that submitted a response that contained red flags or that otherwise provided a written response we determined to be unsuitable. We followed up with other suppliers as we deemed appropriate.
We reviewed the smelters and refiners identified by our suppliers against those contained on the Smelter Look-up tab list of the Conflict Minerals Reporting Template and those referenced in the RMI smelter database. To the extent that they were not on that list or included in the database, we (a) requested that the supplier confirm that the listed entity is a smelter or refiner and/or (b) through publicly available information, attempted to determine whether the listed entity is a smelter or refiner and whether it has ceased operations.
When a completed Conflict Minerals Reporting Template from a supplier identified a smelter or refiner, we also reviewed that information against the lists of conformant and active (or the equivalent) smelters and refiners and country of origin information published by the RMI. When a completed Conflict Minerals Reporting Template from a supplier identified a smelter or refiner that was not listed as conformant or active (or the equivalent) by these independent third-parties, we consulted information that the RMI makes available to its members to attempt to determine whether that smelter or refiner obtained 3TG from sources that directly or indirectly financed or benefitted armed groups in a Covered Country and whether those smelters and refiners have ceased operations.
Suppliers are categorized by internally-developed supplier risk levels, which assign risk across multiple criteria, including smelter or refiner status, red flags identified and the supplier relationship. Suppliers that are identified as being in higher risk categories are escalated in accordance with our risk mitigation procedures, which are described below.
Our internal compliance procedures and reporting metrics are refined regularly to better ensure we are effectively using program resources and collecting data that is useful to assessing and mitigating risk.
OECD Step #3: Design and implement a strategy to respond to identified risks
We have established a risk management plan that includes due diligence reviews of relevant suppliers and smelters or refiners. Pursuant to this plan, we establish a timeline and monitoring program to address any supplier whose response contained red flags or whose response was otherwise determined to be unsuitable. An action plan to address the risk is then executed with the supplier and internal stakeholders, which may include reaching out and working directly or indirectly with the supplier, smelter, customer or other companies within industry working groups to mitigate the risk. We subsequently follow-up with the supplier to review the implementation of the action plan until the smelter is returned to conformant status by the RMI or until all impacted suppliers have responded. The findings of our compliance efforts in 2020 were also reported to senior personnel at our Company, including leadership for our 3TG compliance program, and the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors.
We have written risk management procedures, pursuant to which we sent requests to higher management levels in certain suppliers organization where it was deemed advisable to encourage them to respond to our inquiries and to help incentivize suppliers to cooperate with our requests. Our risk management procedures provide for increasing levels of escalation to specified internal personnel and allow for a flexible response that is commensurate with the risks identified.
To the extent that identified smelters and refiners were, according to the RMI information, neither conformant nor active, we worked through the RMI to encourage such smelters and refiners to become conformant, except where the smelters or refiners have, according to the RMI information, permanently or temporarily ceased operations. We also utilize information provided by the RMI to its members to monitor smelter and refiner improvement.
We urge our suppliers to transition to exclusively sourcing from conformant smelters and refiners and monitored their progress toward that objective.
OECD Step #4: Carry out independent third-party audits of supply chain due diligence at identified points in the supply chain
In connection with our due diligence, we utilize and rely on information made available by the RMI concerning independent third-party audits of smelters and refiners to assess smelter and refiner due diligence and to determine whether the smelter or refiner is conformant or the equivalent.
We also support independent third-party audits of smelters and refiners through our membership in the RMI. In addition, certain of our personnel were members of or participated in various RMI committees, including the Smelter Engagement Team. We also directly or indirectly engaged with 48 smelters in our supply chain and urged them to participate in a Responsible Mineral Assurance Process program.
OECD Step #5: Report annually on supply chain due diligence
Each year, we file a Form SD and, to the extent applicable, a Conflict Minerals Report, with the Securities and Exchange Commission and make them available on our website at: http://investor.wdc.com/sec.cfm. We also publish an annual Sustainability Report, which can be found on our investor relations website. The Sustainability Report is not incorporated by reference into, and is not a part of, this Conflict Minerals Report.
For 2020, our in-scope product categories were: (1) hard disk drives; (2) solid-state drives; (3) NAND-flash storage devices; (4) direct attached storage solutions; (5) personal cloud network attached storage solutions; and (6) public and private cloud data center storage solutions. For a further discussion of our products, see our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended July 3, 2020. The information contained in our Form 10-K is not incorporated by reference into, or a part of, this Conflict Minerals Report.
Results of Review
As described above, we conducted due diligence to determine the source and chain of custody of the necessary 3TG in our products. As part of that process, we actively surveyed our direct suppliers that we believed potentially supplied us with products, materials or components containing necessary 3TG during 2020 and requested that they disclose the smelters and refiners that processed the necessary 3TG in the products they supplied to us in 2020. For calendar year 2020, we received completed Conflict Minerals Reporting Templates from 100% of the suppliers surveyed.
Facilities Used to Process the Necessary 3TG in Our Products
For calendar year 2020, our suppliers identified to us the smelters and refiners listed on Annex A as those smelters and refiners that may have processed the necessary 3TG contained in our products. Of the 241 smelters and refiners identified, 240 were identified by the RMI as conformant and 1 was identified by the RMI as Active. These 241 smelters and refiners may not be all of the smelters and refiners in our 2020 supply chain because some of our suppliers were unable to identify all of the smelters and refiners used to process the necessary 3TG content contained in our products. Due to our position in the supply chain, which is discussed above, we rely on our suppliers for complete and accurate smelter and refiner information. Therefore, our due diligence measures cannot provide absolute certainty regarding the source and chain of custody of the necessary 3TG contained in our 2020 products.
The table below presents a summary of the smelter and refiner information contained in Annex A. Please see the notes accompanying Annex A for additional information relevant to the table below.
Smelter and Refiner and Country of Origin Information (1)
If a smelter or refiner sourced from multiple sources, it is included in the table under each applicable category.
Country of Origin of the Necessary 3TG in Our Products
We attempted to determine the countries of origin of the necessary 3TG in our products in reliance on country of origin information for smelters and refiners made available by the RMI to its members. However, except for the DRC, the RMI does not name specific countries of origin of the 3TG processed by conformant smelters and refiners. Instead, the RMI indicates the smelters direct sourcing practice category. Annex B includes an aggregate list of the countries of origin from which these smelters may have sourced their 3TG, based on information provided by the RMI.
Efforts to Determine the Mine or Location of Origin
We endeavored to determine the mine or location of origin of the necessary 3TG contained in our 2020 products by requesting that our suppliers provide us with a completed Conflict Minerals Reporting Template. Where a Conflict Minerals Reporting Template provided by a supplier identified a smelter or refiner, we also reviewed information made available by the RMI, to the extent available, to try to determine the mine or location of origin. Our suppliers responses and the RMIs information did not provide sufficiently detailed information for us to determine the mine or location of origin of the necessary 3TG in our products for calendar year 2020.
Steps Taken and to be Taken to Mitigate Risk and Improve Due Diligence
Since the start of calendar year 2020, we have taken and currently intend to continue to take the following additional steps to mitigate the risk that the necessary 3TG in our 2021 products benefit armed groups:
Updated our reasonable country of origin inquiry and due diligence procedures to align with the latest revision of the Conflict Minerals Reporting Template.
Began developing a program to incorporate the RMIs e-learning platform with selected suppliers to enhance their knowledge about responsible minerals practices.
Capitalized terms used and not otherwise defined in this Annex have the meanings set forth in the Conflict Minerals Report of which this Annex is a part.
Smelters and Refiners
In connection with our reasonable country of origin inquiry or due diligence, as applicable, our suppliers identified to us the smelters and refiners listed below as those that may have processed the necessary 3TG contained in our products in 2020. Please see the notes that accompany the table for important information concerning the data in the table.
Smelter and Refiner Information (1)
Standard Smelter Name
|Gold||AU Traders and Refiners||SOUTH AFRICA||Conformant|
|Gold||Advanced Chemical Company||UNITED STATES OF AMERICA||Conformant|
|Gold||Aida Chemical Industries Co., Ltd.||JAPAN||Conformant|
|Gold||Al Etihad Gold Refinery DMCC||UNITED ARAB EMIRATES||Conformant|
|Gold||Allgemeine Gold-und Silberscheideanstalt A.G.||GERMANY||Conformant|
|Gold||Almalyk Mining and Metallurgical Complex (AMMC)||UZBEKISTAN||Conformant|
|Gold||AngloGold Ashanti Corrego do Sitio Mineracao||BRAZIL||Conformant|
|Gold||Asahi Pretec Corp.||JAPAN||Conformant|
|Gold||Asahi Refining Canada Ltd.||CANADA||Conformant|
|Gold||Asahi Refining USA Inc.||UNITED STATES OF AMERICA||Conformant|
|Gold||Asaka Riken Co., Ltd.||JAPAN||Conformant|
|Gold||Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (Central Bank of the Philippines)||PHILIPPINES||Conformant|
|Gold||C. Hafner GmbH + Co. KG||GERMANY||Conformant|
|Gold||CCR Refinery - Glencore Canada Corporation||CANADA||Conformant|
|Gold||Cendres + Metaux S.A.||SWITZERLAND||Conformant|
|Gold||DODUCO Contacts and Refining GmbH||GERMANY||Conformant|
|Gold||DSC (Do Sung Corporation)||KOREA, REPUBLIC OF||Conformant|
|Gold||Eco-System Recycling Co., Ltd. East Plant||JAPAN||Conformant|
|Gold||Eco-System Recycling Co., Ltd. North Plant||JAPAN||Conformant|
|Gold||Eco-System Recycling Co., Ltd. West Plant||JAPAN||Conformant|
|Gold||Emirates Gold DMCC||UNITED ARAB EMIRATES||Conformant|
|Gold||Geib Refining Corporation||UNITED STATES OF AMERICA||Conformant|
|Gold||Gold Refinery of Zijin Mining Group Co., Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Gold||Heimerle + Meule GmbH||GERMANY||Conformant|
|Gold||Heraeus Germany GmbH Co. KG||GERMANY||Active|
|Gold||Heraeus Metals Hong Kong Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Gold||Inner Mongolia Qiankun Gold and Silver Refinery Share Co., Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Gold||Ishifuku Metal Industry Co., Ltd.||JAPAN||Conformant|
|Gold||Istanbul Gold Refinery||TURKEY||Conformant|
|Gold||JSC Novosibirsk Refinery||RUSSIAN FEDERATION||Conformant|
|Gold||JSC Uralelectromed||RUSSIAN FEDERATION||Conformant|
|Gold||JX Nippon Mining & Metals Co., Ltd.||JAPAN||Conformant|
|Gold||Jiangxi Copper Co., Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Gold||KGHM Polska Miedz Spolka Akcyjna||POLAND||Conformant|
|Gold||Kennecott Utah Copper LLC||UNITED STATES OF AMERICA||Conformant|
|Gold||Kojima Chemicals Co., Ltd.||JAPAN||Conformant|
|Gold||Korea Zinc Co., Ltd.||KOREA, REPUBLIC OF||Conformant|
|Gold||LS-NIKKO Copper Inc.||KOREA, REPUBLIC OF||Conformant|
|Gold||LT Metal Ltd.||KOREA, REPUBLIC OF||Conformant|
|Gold||MMTC-PAMP India Pvt., Ltd.||INDIA||Conformant|
|Gold||Materion||UNITED STATES OF AMERICA||Conformant|
|Gold||Matsuda Sangyo Co., Ltd.||JAPAN||Conformant|
|Gold||Metalor Technologies (Hong Kong) Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Gold||Metalor Technologies (Singapore) Pte., Ltd.||SINGAPORE||Conformant|
|Gold||Metalor Technologies (Suzhou) Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Gold||Metalor Technologies S.A.||SWITZERLAND||Conformant|
|Gold||Metalor USA Refining Corporation||UNITED STATES OF AMERICA||Conformant|
|Gold||Metalurgica Met-Mex Penoles S.A. De C.V.||MEXICO||Conformant|
|Gold||Mitsubishi Materials Corporation||JAPAN||Conformant|
|Gold||Mitsui Mining and Smelting Co., Ltd.||JAPAN||Conformant|
|Gold||Moscow Special Alloys Processing Plant||RUSSIAN FEDERATION||Conformant|
|Gold||Nadir Metal Rafineri San. Ve Tic. A.S.||TURKEY||Conformant|
|Gold||Navoi Mining and Metallurgical Combinat||UZBEKISTAN||Conformant|
|Gold||Nihon Material Co., Ltd.||JAPAN||Conformant|
|Gold||OJSC The Gulidov Krasnoyarsk Non-Ferrous Metals Plant (OJSC Krastsvetmet)||RUSSIAN FEDERATION||Conformant|
|Gold||Ogussa Osterreichische Gold- und Silber-Scheideanstalt GmbH||AUSTRIA||Conformant|
|Gold||Ohura Precious Metal Industry Co., Ltd.||JAPAN||Conformant|
|Gold||PT Aneka Tambang (Persero) Tbk||INDONESIA||Conformant|
|Gold||PX Precinox S.A.||SWITZERLAND||Conformant|
|Gold||Planta Recuperadora de Metales SpA||CHILE||Conformant|
|Gold||Prioksky Plant of Non-Ferrous Metals||RUSSIAN FEDERATION||Conformant|
|Gold||REMONDIS PMR B.V.||NETHERLANDS||Conformant|
|Gold||Rand Refinery (Pty) Ltd.||SOUTH AFRICA||Conformant|
|Gold||Royal Canadian Mint||CANADA||Conformant|
|Gold||SAXONIA Edelmetalle GmbH||GERMANY||Conformant|
|Gold||SEMPSA Joyeria Plateria S.A.||SPAIN||Conformant|
|Gold||SOE Shyolkovsky Factory of Secondary Precious Metals||RUSSIAN FEDERATION||Conformant|
|Gold||Samduck Precious Metals||KOREA, REPUBLIC OF||Conformant|
|Gold||Shandong Gold Smelting Co., Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Gold||Shandong Zhaojin Gold & Silver Refinery Co., Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Gold||Sichuan Tianze Precious Metals Co., Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Gold||Singway Technology Co., Ltd.||TAIWAN, PROVINCE OF CHINA||Conformant|
|Gold||Solar Applied Materials Technology Corp.||TAIWAN, PROVINCE OF CHINA||Conformant|
|Gold||Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., Ltd.||JAPAN||Conformant|
|Gold||SungEel HiMetal Co., Ltd.||KOREA, REPUBLIC OF||Conformant|
|Gold||TSK Pretech||KOREA, REPUBLIC OF||Conformant|
|Gold||Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo K.K.||JAPAN||Conformant|
|Gold||Tokuriki Honten Co., Ltd.||JAPAN||Conformant|
|Gold||Torecom||KOREA, REPUBLIC OF||Conformant|
|Gold||Umicore Precious Metals Thailand||THAILAND||Conformant|
|Gold||Umicore S.A. Business Unit Precious Metals Refining||BELGIUM||Conformant|
|Gold||United Precious Metal Refining, Inc.||UNITED STATES OF AMERICA||Conformant|
|Gold||WIELAND Edelmetalle GmbH||GERMANY||Conformant|
|Gold||Western Australian Mint (T/a The Perth Mint)||AUSTRALIA||Conformant|
|Gold||Yamakin Co., Ltd.||JAPAN||Conformant|
|Gold||Yokohama Metal Co., Ltd.||JAPAN||Conformant|
|Gold||Zhongyuan Gold Smelter of Zhongjin Gold Corporation||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tantalum||Asaka Riken Co., Ltd.||JAPAN||Conformant|
|Tantalum||Changsha South Tantalum Niobium Co., Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tantalum||D Block Metals, LLC||UNITED STATES OF AMERICA||Conformant|
|Tantalum||Exotech Inc.||UNITED STATES OF AMERICA||Conformant|
|Tantalum||F&X Electro-Materials Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tantalum||FIR Metals & Resource Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tantalum||Global Advanced Metals Aizu||JAPAN||Conformant|
|Tantalum||Global Advanced Metals Boyertown||UNITED STATES OF AMERICA||Conformant|
|Tantalum||Guangdong Rising Rare Metals-EO Materials Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tantalum||H.C. Starck Hermsdorf GmbH||GERMANY||Conformant|
|Tantalum||H.C. Starck Inc.||UNITED STATES OF AMERICA||Conformant|
|Tantalum||Hengyang King Xing Lifeng New Materials Co., Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tantalum||Jiangxi Dinghai Tantalum & Niobium Co., Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tantalum||Jiangxi Tuohong New Raw Material||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tantalum||JiuJiang JinXin Nonferrous Metals Co., Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tantalum||Jiujiang Tanbre Co., Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tantalum||Jiujiang Zhongao Tantalum & Niobium Co., Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tantalum||KEMET de Mexico||MEXICO||Conformant|
|Tantalum||LSM Brasil S.A.||BRAZIL||Conformant|
|Tantalum||Meta Materials||NORTH MACEDONIA, REPUBLIC OF||Conformant|
|Tantalum||Metallurgical Products India Pvt., Ltd.||INDIA||Conformant|
|Tantalum||Mineracao Taboca S.A.||BRAZIL||Conformant|
|Tantalum||Mitsui Mining and Smelting Co., Ltd.||JAPAN||Conformant|
|Tantalum||NPM Silmet AS||ESTONIA||Conformant|
|Tantalum||Ningxia Orient Tantalum Industry Co., Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tantalum||QuantumClean||UNITED STATES OF AMERICA||Conformant|
|Tantalum||Resind Industria e Comercio Ltda.||BRAZIL||Conformant|
|Tantalum||Solikamsk Magnesium Works OAO||RUSSIAN FEDERATION||Conformant|
|Tantalum||TANIOBIS Co., Ltd.||THAILAND||Conformant|
|Tantalum||TANIOBIS Japan Co., Ltd.||JAPAN||Conformant|
|Tantalum||TANIOBIS Smelting GmbH & Co. KG||GERMANY||Conformant|
|Tantalum||Taki Chemical Co., Ltd.||JAPAN||Conformant|
|Tantalum||Telex Metals||UNITED STATES OF AMERICA||Conformant|
|Tantalum||Ulba Metallurgical Plant JSC||KAZAKHSTAN||Conformant|
|Tantalum||XIMEI RESOURCES (GUANGDONG) LIMITED||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tantalum||XinXing HaoRong Electronic Material Co., Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tantalum||Yanling Jincheng Tantalum & Niobium Co., Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tin||Alpha||UNITED STATES OF AMERICA||Conformant|
|Tin||Chenzhou Yunxiang Mining and Metallurgy Co., Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tin||Chifeng Dajingzi Tin Industry Co., Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tin||China Tin Group Co., Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tin||EM Vinto||BOLIVIA (PLURINATIONAL STATE OF)||Conformant|
|Tin||Gejiu Fengming Metallurgy Chemical Plant||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tin||Gejiu Kai Meng Industry and Trade LLC||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tin||Gejiu Non-Ferrous Metal Processing Co., Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tin||Gejiu Yunxin Nonferrous Electrolysis Co., Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tin||Gejiu Zili Mining And Metallurgy Co., Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tin||Guangdong Hanhe Non-Ferrous Metal Co., Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tin||Guanyang Guida Nonferrous Metal Smelting Plant||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tin||HuiChang Hill Tin Industry Co., Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tin||Huichang Jinshunda Tin Co., Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tin||Jiangxi New Nanshan Technology Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tin||Luna Smelter, Ltd.||RWANDA||Conformant|
|Tin||Maanshan Weitai Tin Co., Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tin||Magnus Minerais Metais e Ligas Ltda.||BRAZIL||Conformant|
|Tin||Malaysia Smelting Corporation (MSC)||MALAYSIA||Conformant|
|Tin||Melt Metais e Ligas S.A.||BRAZIL||Conformant|
|Tin||Metallic Resources, Inc.||UNITED STATES OF AMERICA||Conformant|
|Tin||Metallo Belgium N.V.||BELGIUM||Conformant|
|Tin||Metallo Spain S.L.U.||SPAIN||Conformant|
|Tin||Mineracao Taboca S.A.||BRAZIL||Conformant|
|Tin||Mitsubishi Materials Corporation||JAPAN||Conformant|
|Tin||O.M. Manufacturing (Thailand) Co., Ltd.||THAILAND||Conformant|
|Tin||O.M. Manufacturing Philippines, Inc.||PHILIPPINES||Conformant|
|Tin||Operaciones Metalurgicas S.A.||BOLIVIA (PLURINATIONAL STATE OF)||Conformant|
|Tin||PT ATD Makmur Mandiri Jaya||INDONESIA||Conformant|
|Tin||PT Artha Cipta Langgeng||INDONESIA||Conformant|
|Tin||PT Babel Surya Alam Lestari||INDONESIA||Conformant|
|Tin||PT Bangka Serumpun||INDONESIA||Conformant|
|Tin||PT Menara Cipta Mulia||INDONESIA||Conformant|
|Tin||PT Mitra Stania Prima||INDONESIA||Conformant|
|Tin||PT Prima Timah Utama||INDONESIA||Conformant|
|Tin||PT Rajawali Rimba Perkasa||INDONESIA||Conformant|
|Tin||PT Rajehan Ariq||INDONESIA||Conformant|
|Tin||PT Refined Bangka Tin||INDONESIA||Conformant|
|Tin||PT Timah Tbk Kundur||INDONESIA||Conformant|
|Tin||PT Timah Tbk Mentok||INDONESIA||Conformant|
|Tin||Resind Industria e Comercio Ltda.||BRAZIL||Conformant|
|Tin||Rui Da Hung||TAIWAN, PROVINCE OF CHINA||Conformant|
|Tin||Soft Metais Ltda.||BRAZIL||Conformant|
|Tin||Thai Nguyen Mining and Metallurgy Co., Ltd.||VIET NAM||Conformant|
|Tin||Tin Technology & Refining||UNITED STATES OF AMERICA||Conformant|
|Tin||White Solder Metalurgia e Mineracao Ltda.||BRAZIL||Conformant|
|Tin||Yunnan Chengfeng Non-ferrous Metals Co., Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tin||Yunnan Tin Company Limited||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tin||Yunnan Yunfan Non-ferrous Metals Co., Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tungsten||ACL Metais Eireli||BRAZIL||Conformant|
|Tungsten||Asia Tungsten Products Vietnam Ltd.||VIET NAM||Conformant|
|Tungsten||Chenzhou Diamond Tungsten Products Co., Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tungsten||Chongyi Zhangyuan Tungsten Co., Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tungsten||Fujian Ganmin RareMetal Co., Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tungsten||Fujian Jinxin Tungsten Co., Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tungsten||Ganzhou Haichuang Tungsten Co., Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tungsten||Ganzhou Huaxing Tungsten Products Co., Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tungsten||Ganzhou Jiangwu Ferrotungsten Co., Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tungsten||Ganzhou Seadragon W & Mo Co., Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tungsten||Global Tungsten & Powders Corp.||UNITED STATES OF AMERICA||Conformant|
|Tungsten||Guangdong Xianglu Tungsten Co., Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tungsten||H.C. Starck Tungsten GmbH||GERMANY||Conformant|
|Tungsten||Hunan Chenzhou Mining Co., Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tungsten||Hunan Chuangda Vanadium Tungsten Co., Ltd. Wuji||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tungsten||Hunan Chunchang Nonferrous Metals Co., Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tungsten||Hunan Litian Tungsten Industry Co., Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tungsten||Hydrometallurg, JSC||RUSSIAN FEDERATION||Conformant|
|Tungsten||Japan New Metals Co., Ltd.||JAPAN||Conformant|
|Tungsten||Jiangwu H.C. Starck Tungsten Products Co., Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tungsten||Jiangxi Gan Bei Tungsten Co., Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tungsten||Jiangxi Tonggu Non-ferrous Metallurgical & Chemical Co., Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tungsten||Jiangxi Xinsheng Tungsten Industry Co., Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tungsten||Jiangxi Yaosheng Tungsten Co., Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tungsten||KGETS Co., Ltd.||KOREA, REPUBLIC OF||Conformant|
|Tungsten||Kennametal Fallon||UNITED STATES OF AMERICA||Conformant|
|Tungsten||Kennametal Huntsville||UNITED STATES OF AMERICA||Conformant|
|Tungsten||Lianyou Metals Co., Ltd.||TAIWAN, PROVINCE OF CHINA||Conformant|
|Tungsten||Malipo Haiyu Tungsten Co., Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tungsten||Masan High-Tech Materials||VIET NAM||Conformant|
|Tungsten||Moliren Ltd.||RUSSIAN FEDERATION||Conformant|
|Tungsten||Niagara Refining LLC||UNITED STATES OF AMERICA||Conformant|
|Tungsten||Philippine Chuangxin Industrial Co., Inc.||PHILIPPINES||Conformant|
|Tungsten||TANIOBIS Smelting GmbH & Co. KG||GERMANY||Conformant|
|Tungsten||Tejing (Vietnam) Tungsten Co., Ltd.||VIET NAM||Conformant|
|Tungsten||Unecha Refractory metals plant||RUSSIAN FEDERATION||Conformant|
|Tungsten||Wolfram Bergbau und Hutten AG||AUSTRIA||Conformant|
|Tungsten||Woltech Korea Co., Ltd.||KOREA, REPUBLIC OF||Conformant|
|Tungsten||Xiamen Tungsten (H.C.) Co., Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tungsten||Xiamen Tungsten Co., Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
|Tungsten||Xinfeng Huarui Tungsten & Molybdenum New Material Co., Ltd.||CHINA||Conformant|
We note the following in connection with the information contained in the foregoing table:
The smelters and refiners listed in the table were identified by our suppliers as those that may be part of our 2020 supply chain, including those that sourced only recycled or scrap content. Some of our suppliers may have reported to us smelters and refiners that were not actually in our supply chain due to over-inclusiveness in the information received from their suppliers or for other reasons. In addition, the smelters and refiners reflected above may not be all of the smelters and refiners in our 2020 supply chain, because many of our suppliers were unable to identify all of the smelters and refiners used to process the necessary 3TG content contained in our products.
The table only includes entities that were listed as smelters or refiners by the RMI, as of February 3, 2021.
Smelter or refiner status information in the table is as of February 3, 2021.
Conformant means that a smelter or refiner was listed as conformant with the Responsible Minerals Assurance Processs (RMAP) assessment protocols, including through mutual recognition and those indicated as re-audit in process. Included smelters and refiners were not necessarily conformant for all or part of 2020 and may not continue to be conformant for any future period. We do not have information on the origin of the 3TG processed by any of the conformant smelters and refiners prior to their respective certification dates.
Active means that the smelter or refiner is a participant in the RMAP and has committed to undergo an audit or is participating in a cross-recognized certification program.
Smelter or refiner status reflected in the table is based solely on information made publicly available by the RMI, without independent verification by us.
Possible Countries of Origin:
This list of potential countries of origin is populated based on information available from the RMI. It is important to note that it is not certain which of these countries of origin can be linked to our products.
Angola, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burundi, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somaliland, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Sudan, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe