Conflict Materials Statement
The “Dodd-Frank Act”, which was passed by the US Congress in 2010, obliges US companies and certain foreign SECs (stock exchange regulators) to determine the origin of the minerals: tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold (as well as the ores from which they are extracted; called Conflict Materials) tracked and published in the products and in the production process.
The US Congress sees a direct connection between the mining and trade in these conflict minerals and human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (“DRC”) and the surrounding countries (“Covered Countries”).
Armed militias control most of the mining in this region and use the proceeds from the mining to finance their expenses. These militias are known to use violence against the population. The Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) have jointly launched the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI). The list of smelters and raw material processors who meet the requirements of this initiative can be found on the CFSI homepage.
We, TX Marine Messsysteme GmbH (TXM for short) commit ourselves to act responsibly when procuring our materials and products.
The TXM endeavors not to purchase any material that contains “conflict minerals” which directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed groups in the DRC or neighboring states. We contact our direct suppliers to increase transparency with regard to the products they supply. We confirm that, according to the current state of knowledge, we only use materials that are not made with raw materials from the DRC or its neighboring countries and that meet the requirements of the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (“CFSI”).
We have obtained statements from our suppliers for confirmation.