Ovako does not use conflict minerals such as tin, tantalum, tungsten or gold. Conflict areas refer to the Democratic Republic of Congo and neighboring countries, as defined in the Dodd Frank Conflict Mineral Legislation. Ovako also places demands on suppliers regarding responsible extraction of raw materials and does not accept activities that contribute to conflicts in extraction areas.
The company supports the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), which, among other things, has drawn up a program for conflict-free materials and a framework for reporting on the use of conflict minerals.
In accordance with the Non-Conflict Minerals Act, By U.S. law H. R. 4173, section 1502, scrap and alloying elements purchased from our suppliers are neither produced from a conflict mineral as tin, tantalum, tungsten or gold (3TG), nor has its origin from a conflict region. By conflict region, Ovako is referring to Democratic Republic of Congo or an adjoining country as identified in the Dodd Frank Conflict Mineral Legislation. If any change in sourcing of alloying elements for our products occurs, it will be communicated with our customers.
Ovako Conflict Minerals Reporting Template can be downloaded here.
Rigorous demands on partners
Ovako has a Supplier Code of Conduct that is included in all new contracts. This imposes standards on suppliers in areas including legal compliance, business ethics and anti-corruption, working conditions and human rights, health and safety, and the environment.
Suppliers are qualified and assessed in a standardized purchasing process based on cost, quality and delivery.
All potential suppliers need to fill in a