There is international concern regarding the serious human rights abuses that are occurring in the Democratic Republic of Congo and neighbouring countries. Armed groups in this region are using the proceeds of mining operations to fund conflict and perpetrate violence against indigenous people and workers. The minerals being mined are ores of tin, tantalum, gold and tungsten - all of which are used in the electronics industry.
In response to these concerns the USA has put into place legislation that requires public companies to disclose the use of these 'Conflict Minerals' and their origin. Specifically, Section 1502 of the Frank-Dodd act is intended to restrict trade that supports conflict in this region. The legislation doesn't just impact these public companies but also the many smaller and private companies forming part of the supply chain.
On 1st January 2021 a new law will come into force across the EU – the Conflict Minerals Regulation (2017/821), This new Regulation will target minerals originating from conflict-affected or high risk areas without being limited to specific geographical locations.
Datalink is committed to sourcing components and materials from companies that share our values with respect to human rights, integrity and environmental responsibilities. Consequently, we have issued the following policy statement with regard to Conflict Minerals.