Conflict Mineral Policy

As directed by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Act), the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has adopted rules that require public companies to provide certain disclosures if any products they manufacture or contract to manufacture contain “conflict minerals” that are necessary to the functionality or production of those products.

G & S Bar and Wire is aware of the efforts to investigate, monitor and stop activities involving exploitation of natural resources (tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold) that contribute to illegally armed groups and human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and adjoining countries.

G & S Bar and Wire respects the dignity and importance of human rights. Although the Act does not directly apply to Fort Wayne Metals, we will perform necessary due diligence in order to avoid the use of “conflict minerals” and will assist customers in their due diligence efforts. We expect our suppliers to support our efforts and to take steps to ensure that “conflict minerals” are not used in materials supplied to G & S Bar and Wire.

In support of the above, G & S Bar and Wire will:

  • Exercise due diligence with relevant suppliers consistent with concepts in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas.
  • Provide due diligence information to confirm that our products do not contain “conflict minerals”.
  • Discontinue engagement with suppliers who pose a reasonable risk to be supporting conflict.
  • Commit to transparency in the implementation of this policy by making documentation available supporting a conflict-free supply chain.