Conflict minerals are minerals mined in conditions of armed conflict and human rights abuses, and which are sold or traded by armed groups. This has for some years been a particular problem in the DRC. The DRC’s mineral wealth is enormous, Industrial Diamond reserves are estimated at 25% of world reserves.
UK Calibrations supply and fit a wide range of Diamond indenters to produce impressions in test materials in hardness testing machines. Some of our customers are obliged to engage in Conflict Minerals Reporting. Many of these companies will need to examine their supply chain in order to trace the origin of minerals used in their business. In response to the enquiries by these companies, our suppliers have made this statement:
"The diamonds supplied have been purchased from the legitimate sources not involved in funding conflict and in Compliance with United Nations resolutions. The seller hereby guarantees that these diamonds are conflict free, based on personal knowledge and / or written guarantees provided by the supplier of these diamonds."
On January 1st 2021 the new EU Conflict Minerals Regulations come into force, this regulation covers four metals, tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold. UK Calibrations is likely only to be affected by the regulations for Tungsten, which is used in the Tungsten ball indenters that we supply. UK Calibrations and our parent company ZwickRoell are studying the relevant regulations and intend to be fully compliant by the implementation date.
UK Calibrations will evaluate its relationships with its suppliers on an ongoing basis to ensure continued compliance with this policy. Please contact us with any queries or concerns you may have about any aspect of our conflict minerals policy.