Do any of your products contain conflict minerals? | BAE Systems | International

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Do any of your products contain conflict minerals?

Checking the sources of minerals used in our products or components forms part of our risk assessment.

We provide guidance for procurement professionals to help them identify the sources of metals such as tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold which could come from minerals mined in conflict regions such as the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo. There is concern that mining activities in these areas are fuelling conflict and human rights abuses by directly or indirectly financing armed groups.

 

While we do not buy such minerals directly, minerals such as tantalum are found in electronic components purchased from our suppliers. We have developed clauses on conflict minerals that can be used in contracts with major subcontractors. These require suppliers to ensure, and provide evidence, that any items or materials have been purchased from legitimate and responsible sources which are in compliance with United Nations resolutions and not in any way involved in funding conflict.