In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but also in neighboring countries, armed conflict is financed with the extraction of certain raw materials. Militias control raw material mines with the most serious human rights violations. The mined so-called conflict minerals (mainly tantalum, tungsten, tin and gold, – "3TG minerals") are sold worldwide.
Legislation in the USA obliges some companies located there to report on whether and to what extent 3TG minerals are sourced from the conflict region. The purpose of this is that in the future only conflict-free 3TG minerals will be bought and traded. Among other things, this is to be achieved through a system of certified smelters. The current EU conflict minerals regulation requires a reporting and certification by smelters and refineries as well as large raw material importers.
Götting KG is neither subject to US regulations nor is it affected by the reporting obligations of the European Union. Regardless of this, Götting KG expressly recognizes the underlying goal – i.e. avoiding the financing of militant groups that violate human rights – and is actively involved in achieving the goal. Götting KG aims to use only conflict-free 3TG minerals in its own products and supports the implementation of the Responsible Minerals Assurance Process (RMAP) of the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI).
|Conflict Minerals Statement V03 (PDF)