As a supplier to the automotive industry, we are fully aware of the role we play when it comes to the sustainable procurement of key raw materials. With our customers’ help, we have embarked on a process to achieve greater transparency with regard to the origins of critical raw materials used in our products. These critical raw materials include not only natural rubber, but also so-called conflict minerals such as tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold, some of which are mined in conflict-ridden regions and used to finance armed conflicts.
With focus on the Automotive Group, we are asking direct suppliers to fill out the Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT) developed by the Responsible Minerals Initiative with detailed information on the smelting and mining operations in the countries where the minerals we use originate. Our Code of Conduct for business partners encourages our direct suppliers to act responsibly and not procure their minerals from regions that directly or indirectly finance armed groups.