Tantalum, tungsten, tin are widely used metals by the electronics industry, including telecommunications equipment. Shalina Resources Limited is concerned about the potential that the mining and trade of minerals these metals are extracted from is fuelling military conflict, related human rights violations and environmental degradation, for example in certain regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and adjoining countries.
Shalina Resources Limited does not accept any such “conflict minerals” and communicates this policy to its suppliers. Shalina Resources Limited supports seeking a sustainable solution to the issue of conflict minerals and the mining sector to improve both the traceability of minerals and transparency of global supply chains.
Shalina Resources Limited’s Conflict Mineral policy is fully in line with the Shalina Resources Limited’s Code of Conduct which articulates the company’s strong commitment to ethical business principles and promoting human rights and environmental protection. Shalina Resources Limited requires all its subcontractors and suppliers to implement equally high standards.
Shalina Resources Limited is committed to the highest standards of ethical conduct and full compliance with all applicable national and international laws. The company has taken steps to increase internal controls and create due diligence measures by integrating the issue of conflict minerals into supply chain management system and Company risk management processes.
Integration in Shalina Resources Limited’s Supplier Requirements:
The Conflict Mineral Policy has been integrated into Shalina Resources Limited’s Supplier requirements (SRL-SR) that all the suppliers of the company are contractually bout to. Under SRL-SR all suppliers who manufacture and/or supply products like tin, tantalum, tungsten are requested to have and implement their own Conflict Mineral Policy. Suppliers are also required to ensure that materials arising from Katanga, Manono etc are free of conflict and also ensure traceability of these metals within their product, back down to smelter and mine. Traceability data for all tiers of the supply chain shall be maintained and recorded for 5 years atleast. Documentation should be provided to Shalina Resources Limited upon request.
Communication to Suppliers:
Shalina Resources Limited includes the communication of this Policy and its implementation in its entire supply chain into its existing learning and capability building efforts with its suppliers.
Shalina Resources Limited actively participates in industry initiatives that aim to advance traceability, transparency and shared due diligence, validation or certification mechanisms that together can assure companies that the metals produced or supplied are not contributing to conflict and come from sustainable sources.
Assessing and responding to identified risks:
Shalina Resources Limited uses information available for materials to identify those that potentially can contain metal extracted from conflict minerals and identify the suppliers of those products. Conflict mineral sourcing clause is included in our existing risk assessment of suppliers.Shalina Resources Limited has plan in place for risk management and remediation in case of non-compliance to this Policy. The plan follows overall approach to always seek sustainable solutions to permanently eliminate risks. Shalina Resources Limited demand and follow up corrective actions plans, conduct on-site detailed audits if necessary, leading to termination of the supplier contract in case of continued non-conformance.
- Grievance and whistle-blowing mechanisms Concerns and violations of this Policy can be reported to Shalina Resources Limited via existing grievance channels for ethics or compliance violations.
Shalina Resources Limited commits to disclosing the progress of the implementation of this Policy as part of its annual corporate responsibility reporting.