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In August 2012, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted and issued a final rule obliging companies with securities registered in the United States that use any conflict minerals in their products to report this to the SEC from 2014 pursuant to Article 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which was signed into law in July 2010. Conflict minerals include gold, tantalum, tin, and tungsten, the four minerals determined to be financing armed groups that are produced in the Democratic Republic of Congo ("DRC") and adjoining countries (together the "DRC countries").
The goal of this law is to cut off revenues from armed groups that use violence and significantly violate human rights in
the conflict-ridden DRC countries.
The Hitachi Koki Group has no obligation to report under the said Act. However, we strive to ensure that we do not, directly or indirectly, abet the human rights violations identified in the DRC countries. To continue our responsible procurement practices, we are working with Group companies, suppliers, and Hitachi, Ltd. to strengthen supply chain transparency and to ensure that the minerals we procure do not finance or benefit armed groups committing human rights violations.
In fiscal 2015, we conducted the conflict minerals survey targeting around 1,000 suppliers and confirmed that conflict minerals were not contained in the products of the Company.