Policy on Use of Conflict Minerals
Zoetis Policy Statement on Conflict Minerals
For over a decade, the citizens of the Democratic Republic of Congo and surrounding countries (the “DRC region”) have been subjected to armed conflict and human rights abuses, including slavery, debt bondage and the conscription of child soldiers. The unlawful mining and smuggling of the region’s minerals, specifically the ores from which tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold are derived, are said to be a major source of funding for the groups linked to these acts.
In recognition of this humanitarian crisis and its links to global mineral trade, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission require publicly-held companies to perform diligence on any tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold in their products to determine whether such minerals originated from mines, smelters or refiners that finance conflict in the DRC region.
Tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold are necessary to the functionality and production of a variety of electronic and medical devices, and are found in small quantities in certain Zoetis products.
Zoetis supports the goal of ending the violent conflicts and human rights violations in the DRC region, and we are committed to working with our suppliers to ensure an ethical supply chain.
In furtherance of our commitment:
- We have established a conflict minerals compliance program that is consistent with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s guidance for responsible supply chains;
- We expect our suppliers to source materials responsibly and to transition to certified conflict-free mines, smelters or refiners whenever possible;
- We expect our suppliers of products containing tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold (our “in-scope suppliers”) to adopt a conflict minerals policy, due diligence framework and risk-management systems; and
- We expect our in-scope suppliers to conduct due diligence on their supply chain and provide us with proper verification of the country of origin and source of the minerals used in the products they supply to Zoetis.
If a supplier is found to not be in compliance with these objectives, we expect the supplier to take corrective action to remedy such non-compliance in a timely manner.