Conflict Minerals Policy
Because all people are created in the image of God, Precise Connections seeks to uphold and respect human rights. One way we do this is by avoiding the purchase of products and components that contain conflict minerals. Conflict minerals are metal substances whose purchase directly or indirectly finances or benefits armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) or an adjoining country. These groups utilize forced labor and terrorist tactics to obtain and distribute goods. For these reasons, we do not wish to support them with our business. This desire is reflected by Section 1502 of the United States Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.
Conflict minerals include columbite-tantalite (coltan), cassiterite, gold, wolframite, and other minerals or their derivatives determined by the Secretary of State. Tantalum, tin, gold, and tungsten are conflict metals derived from these conflict minerals. As a contract electronics manufacturer, Precise Connections procures components and supplies required by our customers for turnkey electronics manufacturing and also uses components provided by our customers for consigned electronics manufacturing. Electronic components and supplies necessarily contain conflict metals, as shown in the following non-exhaustive examples below:
Tantalum is used in some capacitors
Tin is used in solder and in the surface finish of some bare Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs)
Gold is used as a surface finish on some bare PCBs, and on pads and contacts of some parts and interconnects
Tungsten is used within Integrated Circuits (ICs) and in some heat sinks
While we recognize the difficulty of tracing to the smelter level sources for all electronics components and supplies, Precise Connections is committed to learning about and promoting conflict-free minerals sourcing. Precise Connections does not directly purchase any conflict minerals in raw form and seeks to partner with suppliers, distributors, and customers who are also working to ensure conflict-free mineral sourcing. If we become aware of conflict minerals that do not originate from DRC conflict-free smelters in products or components that we purchase or utilize in manufacturing, we will discontinue purchase or pursue measures to influence smelter compliance, alternative sourcing, or alternative components wherever possible.