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Fourte Declaration – Conflict Minerals


Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”) contains provisions to improve transparency and accountability concerning the supply of certain minerals, known as “Conflict Minerals”, deemed to be financing conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and adjoining countries. In August 2012 the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted the Dodd-Frank Act, requiring publicly-traded corporations to report the use of “Conflict Minerals” used in their products. As defined by the SEC, “Conflict Minerals” refers to the specific mineral ores and their derivatives (tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold) which originate from the DRC or specific adjoining countries.

We wish to confirm that FOURTE does not use or procure “Conflict Minerals” (tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold - “3T&G”) as either raw materials used in the manufacture of FOURTE products, or for use in any semi-finished or finished products supplied by FOURTE, and therefore FOURTE is not subject to any inquiry or reporting requirements regarding “Conflict Minerals”. In addition, FOURTE and our company policies are fully supportive of global industry efforts to ensure manufacturing processes and supply chains are transparent and in full accordance with local and international regulatory and humanitarian laws. In parallel to FOURTE’s activities with CFSI, we are surveying suppliers in our supply chain to understand what programs they have in place to track the source of minerals used in the products they manufacture. Due to the enormity of FOURTE’s and its suppliers’ respective supply chains, it will take time for many suppliers to verify the origin of conflict minerals. Using our supply chain due diligence process, driving accountability within the supply chain through the CFSI CFS program, and continuing our partnership with CFSI will further augment our goal of conflict-free sourcing. FOURTE’s Supply Chain Expectation its suppliers to commit to the responsible sourcing of minerals. Thus, suppliers must have a policy to reasonably assure that the tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold in the products they manufacture are conflict free. FOURTE expects suppliers to establish their own due diligence program to achieve conflict-free supply chains. FOURTE also requires our suppliers to undertake reasonable due diligence to determine if the specified metals are being sourced from certified conflict-free smelters validated as compliant to the CFS protocol, using the CFS Compliant Smelter List and, if not, to make deliberate progress towards doing so. The CFS program is a global program where an independent third party evaluates a smelter’s procurement activities and determines if the smelter demonstrated that materials they processed originated from conflict-free sources.


 
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