As part of Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Financial Reform and Consumer Protection Act (commonly referred to as the Conflict Minerals Law), all publicly-traded US companies must disclose their use of certain "conflict minerals" (tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold, often referred to as 3TG).
The trade of 3TG minerals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and adjoining countries may be directly or indirectly financing armed groups engaged in civil war resulting in serious human rights and environmental abuses.
Our companies work to develop and maintain business relationships with reputable suppliers that share our commitment to conduct business responsibly and in compliance with applicable laws. We set expectations for suppliers through our Supplier Code of Conduct
and communicate these expectations to them.
To comply with the Conflict Minerals Law and promote the responsible use of 3TG in our companies' products, we expect our suppliers of goods that contain 3TG and that are incorporated into our products to:
- have in place policies and due diligence measures that will enable us to reasonably assure that products and components supplied to us containing 3TG are not directly or indirectly financing armed groups;
- fully comply with the Conflict Minerals Law;
- assist our compliance efforts by providing all necessary documentation and declarations regarding the sources of 3TG in the goods supplied; and
- communicate these requirements through their supply chain, determine the source of 3TG and report the information on the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative's (CFSI) Conflict Minerals Reporting Template.
Nu Mark, an Altria operating company, became a member of CFSI in 2015. Nu Mark engages with CFSI and various other stakeholders in order to keep abreast of best practices for the responsible use of 3TG.
For more information, please see our SEC filings
on Form SD.