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National Instruments (NATI)

Filed: 31 May 22, 12:56pm

Exhibit 1.01
CONFLICT MINERALS REPORT OF
NATIONAL INSTRUMENTS CORPORATION
FOR THE REPORTING PERIOD FROM
JANUARY 1 TO DECEMBER 31, 2021



I.          Introduction
 
This is the Conflict Minerals1 Report of National Instruments Corporation (“we,” “our,” “us,” “NI,” or the “Company”) prepared for calendar year 2021 in accordance with Rule 13p-1 (“Rule 13p-1”) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Act”), as amended. Numerous terms in this Report are defined in Rule 13p-1 of the Act and SEC Release No. 34-67716 (August 22, 2012) under the Act (the “Adopting Release”). The reader is referred to these sources for the definitions of defined terms contained herein.
 
In accordance with Rule 13p-1, we undertook efforts to determine the presence and source of the conflict minerals within our products. The Company designed its efforts in conformity with the internationally recognized due diligence framework set forth in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (“OECD”) Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas2 (“OECD Due Diligence Guidance”) and related Supplements.
 
The statements below are based on the activities performed to date in good faith by the Company and are based on the infrastructure and information available at the time of this filing. Factors that could affect the accuracy of these statements include, but are not limited to, incomplete supplier data or available smelter data, errors or omissions by suppliers or smelters, gaps in supplier or smelter education and knowledge, supplier and smelter unfamiliarity with the protocol, evolving identification of smelters, incomplete information from industry or other third-party sources, all instances of Conflict Minerals necessary to the functionality or manufacturing of NI’s products possibly not yet having been identified, timeliness of data, public information not discovered during a reasonable search, errors in public data, language barriers and translation, oversights or errors in conformant smelter audits, Covered Countries sourced materials being declared secondary materials, companies going out of business in 2021, certification programs being not equally advanced for all industry segments and metals, smuggling of Conflict Minerals from the Covered Countries to countries beyond the covered countries, continuing guidance regarding the SEC final rules, and other issues.
 
II.         Overview
 
Company Profile
 
National Instruments Corporation started over 40 years ago on an idea of connecting engineers through software. Our founders created technology to connect instruments to computers in order to accelerate the testing and measurement of innovative technology, and this was the seed of a philosophy of accelerating innovation that continues to be a driving force of our culture, our business, and our operations today. We strive to enable customers around the world to do their most ambitious work while meeting fast-moving market demands. We provide the integration of modular hardware and open, flexible software systems, to consistently support organizations’ evolving test and measurement needs. NI is headquartered in Austin, Texas, was incorporated under the laws of the State of Texas in May 1976 and was reincorporated in Delaware in June 1994. In March 1995, we completed an initial public offering of our common stock. Our common stock, $0.01 par value, is quoted on the NASDAQ Stock Market under the trading symbol NATI.


1 The term “conflict mineral” is defined in Section 1502(e)(4) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act as (A) columbite-tantalite, also known as coltan (the metal ore from which tantalum is extracted); cassiterite (the metal ore from which tin is extracted); gold; wolframite (the metal ore from which tungsten is extracted); or their derivatives; or (B) any other mineral or its derivatives determined by the Secretary of State to be financing conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (“DRC”) or an adjoining country.

2 OECD (2016), OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas: Third Edition, OECD Publishing, Paris.


We are subject to this rule as we have determined that, during 2021, conflict minerals were likely necessary to the functionality or production of products we manufactured or contracted to manufacture. The Company, as a purchaser of component parts, is many steps removed from the mining of conflict minerals. We do not purchase raw ore or unrefined conflict minerals and we conduct no purchasing activities directly in the DRC or adjoining countries.
 
Conflict Minerals Policy
 
The Company developed a policy statement to support the goals expressed by Congress in enacting Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The policy highlights the Company’s commitment to complying with the reporting and due diligence obligations required by the SEC rule and our expectations from our suppliers. The policy as well as our supplier code of conduct and terms and conditions include language highlighting our expectation for suppliers to source responsibly. The policy resides on our corporate website (http://ni.com/conflictminerals).
 
Reasonable Country of Origin Inquiry Information
 
We have conducted a good faith reasonable country of origin inquiry (“RCOI”) to determine whether the necessary conflict minerals originated in the DRC or an adjoining country or came from recycled or scrap sources.
 
The Company’s RCOI process included reviewing the products manufactured or contracted to be manufactured during the Reporting Period to identify products that should be deemed in-scope as described by the Adopting Release and conducting an inquiry of our direct suppliers of the in-scope products using the Responsible Minerals Initiative’s (“RMI”) Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (“CMRT”). Based on the results of our RCOI which indicated sourcing from the DRC or an adjoining country, we exercised due diligence on the source and chain of custody of the conflict minerals in accordance with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance. Our due diligence efforts are discussed further in this Conflict Minerals Report.
 
Due Diligence Program Design
 
The Company designed its conflict minerals program to conform, in all material respects, with the five-step framework of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance, the Supplement on Tin, Tantalum, and Tungsten, and the Supplement on Gold, specifically as they relate to our position in the minerals supply chain as a “downstream” company:
 
Step 1:   Establish strong company management systems
Step 2:   Identify and assess risks in the supply chain
Step 3:   Design and implement a strategy to respond to identified risks
Step 4:   Carry out independent third-party audit of smelter/refiner’s due diligence practices
Step 5:   Report annually on supply chain due diligence
 
III.        Due Diligence Measures Performed by The Company
 
The following describes the measures taken to reasonably determine the country of origin and to exercise due diligence in the mineral supply chain in conformance with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance.
 
Step 1: Establish strong company management systems
 
a.
Conflict minerals team – The Company established a conflict minerals team that includes individuals from the relevant business units and departments, including trade compliance, procurement, sales, and legal. The team was structured to include the involvement from those in upper management roles, including the Senior VP of Manufacturing, Director of Trade Compliance, and Global Supply Chain Operations Manager, to help ensure that critical information, including the Company’s conflict minerals policy, reached relevant employees and suppliers.
b.
Conflict minerals policy – The Company adopted and published a policy establishing the expectations of our suppliers. The policy resides on our corporate website (http://ni.com/conflictminerals). The Company’s expectation for the responsible sourcing of minerals is also incorporated into the Company’s terms and conditions with suppliers.


c.
Supplier engagement – The Company communicated its conflict minerals policy and provided educational materials to our in-scope suppliers. Suppliers were informed when the request for information was initiated on the conflict minerals disclosure requirements as well as recommendations for developing, implementing, and documenting a conflict minerals compliance program. NI also communicated its conflict minerals position statement to its suppliers through the NI Supplier Code of Conduct, available online at ni.com/en-us/about-ni/suppliers.html, which is designed to inform potential and existing suppliers about the Company. Finally, NI requires that its suppliers abide by the NI Supplier Code of Conduct and the labor, health and safety, environmental, and ethics standards of the most current version of the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) Code of Conduct.
d.
Company-level grievance mechanism – As recommended by the OECD Due Diligence Guidance, the Company has a grievance mechanism in place as a risk-awareness system for conflict minerals issues. NI maintains an ethics hotline pursuant to which stakeholders, internal and external, may confidentially report concerns involving conflict minerals, either electronically or by phone.
e.
Records management – The Company will maintain records relating to our conflict minerals program in accordance with the recommended record retention guidelines of five years.
 
Step 2: Identify and assess risks in the supply chain
 
We performed the following steps as part of our risk assessment process:
 
a.
Identified products in scope – Our conflict minerals team conducted a detailed review of the products manufactured or contracted to be manufactured during the Reporting Period to identify products that should be deemed in-scope as described by the Adopting Release. As most NI hardware products contain at least one of the Conflict Minerals this disclosure includes information on a company-level basis that includes general information for all NI products.
b.
Conducted RCOI – The Company utilized the most recent version of the industry-developed CMRT to query our suppliers for conflict minerals information. We requested this information from the Tier 1 suppliers who provide materials and components for NI products. We evaluated the responses from the templates submitted by our suppliers to determine our reporting obligation based on this RCOI. See Appendix I for a list of countries of origin identified through the RCOI process.
c.
Completed additional follow-up – The Company contacted direct suppliers multiple times to request detailed conflict minerals information. We also worked to clarify and validate the accuracy of information provided by our suppliers by responding with standardized feedback questions to address any issues or uncertainty with the template provided when necessary and/or obtaining additional information upon request (product identification, order numbers, or shipping addresses) to help ensure we are receiving conflict minerals information specific to our supply-chain.
d.
Identified smelters or refiners (“SORs”) – The Company compiled a list of SORs in our supply chain using our suppliers’ responses in their CMRTs. The Company reconciled this list to the list of smelter facilities designated by the RMI’s Responsible Minerals Assurance Process (“RMAP”). The RMAP completes independent, third-party audits of smelters and refiners to determine which can be validated as having systems in place that help ensure the minerals are responsible sourced according to the OECD Due Diligence Guidance. The company also utilized information provided by the London Bullion Market Association (“LBMA”), and Responsible Jewelry Council (“RJC”) cross-recognition audit programs. The Company maintains a database of smelter aliases to reconcile suppliers’ smelters lists to the list of RMI SORs. We have provided that list in this report within section IV – Product Description; Processing Facilities.
 
Step 3: Design and implement a strategy to respond to identified risks
 
We performed the following steps as part of our risk management plan:
 
a.
Reporting results to senior management – The Conflict Minerals team reports the results of our RCOI to upper management at multiple points in time throughout the data collection period. These communications included the team’s plan to respond to risks identified in the due diligence processes.
b.
Designed and implemented a plan – The Company used established risk rating criteria to evaluate suppliers based on the responses provided within their CMRT, as well as, any additional documentation furnished to support those responses and the suppliers’ due diligence processes. The resulting risk ratings were used to develop specific supplier outreach to address the identified risks and to take corrective actions with suppliers found not in compliance with the Company’s conflict minerals policy. These actions will include additional outreach to suppliers who failed to respond to our multiple requests for information,  provided inconsistent or erroneous information, or indicated they had received responses from less than 50% of their in-scope suppliers. Our team further reviews the responses to verify the validity of SORs reported by our suppliers, the audit status of such SORs and the country of origin of the minerals processed at such facilities.


c.
Provided educational materials – The Company provided each supplier with educational materials that explain Section 1502 of the Dodd Frank Act, the OECD framework, the RCOI process, and general information on the contents of the most recent revision of the CMRT (including definitions of common phrases and frequently asked questions). The educational material serves as a point of reference for suppliers that are unfamiliar with the rule and helps limit the risk of obtaining inaccurate information from them.
d.
Identified SORs – As part of the risk mitigation process, the Company reconciled the list of SORs collected from suppliers to the list of smelter facilities validated by the RMI.  The Company maintains a database of smelter aliases to reconcile suppliers’ smelters lists to the list of RMI SORs.
 
Step 4: Carry out independent third-party audit of smelter/refiner’s due diligence practices
 
The Company is using information provided by independent third-party audit programs, including the RMI, RMAP, LBMA, and RJC, to confirm the existence and verify the OECD-conformance status of SORs identified during our due diligence.
 
For SORs that had not been audited as conformant, the Company sent a communication to encourage participation in the RMAP and requested the SOR to provide the mines and/or locations the SOR sources from to assist in identifying all countries of origin. Additionally, the Company sent communications to all suppliers that reported SORs that had not been audited as conformant to request that these suppliers contact the SORs to encourage participation in the RMAP.
 
The Company is also a member of the RMI {Member Code: NAIN}. As a member, the Company financially supports the development of the RMAP and utilizes the RMI data to determine the country of origin of conflict minerals in the Company’s products in addition to the Company’s efforts of reaching out to smelters. The efforts to determine location of origin through the RMI are described in the RMI’s Reasonable Country of Origin Inquiry Data methodology available on its website.
 
Step 5: Report annually on supply chain due diligence
 
Accordingly, this Conflict Minerals Report has been filed with the SEC and is available on our website at http://investor.ni.com/.
 

IV.        Product Description; Processing Facilities

Product Description  Most NI hardware products and systems contain at least one of the Conflict Minerals and fall into the scope of the law’s requirements; thus, the following description includes information on a company-level basis that includes general information for our hardware products. We offer two primary hardware form factors, PXI and NI C-series, both with a modular input/output (“I/O”) approach in addition to industry standard PCI form factors. The NI PXI modular instrument platform, introduced in 1997, is a standard PC architecture in a rugged form factor with expansion slots and instrumentation extensions for timing, triggering and signal sharing. PXI combines mainstream PC software and PCI hardware with advanced instrumentation capabilities. The NI C-series platform, used in our CompactRIO and CompactDAQ products, is a rugged, high-performance I/O and processing platform used in a wide variety of data acquisition applications. The NI PXI and C-series platforms include field programmable gate array (“FPGA”) technology, giving customers programmable hardware capability that provides high performance and is user-customizable with NI LabVIEW software. One example of our application-specific systems is our NI Semiconductor Test System (“STS”) which combines NI modular instrumentation with NI software for RF and mixed-signal production testing. The STS features fully production-ready test systems that use NI technology in a form factor suitable for a semiconductor production test environment. The STS combines the NI PXI hardware, TestStand test management software, and LabVIEW graphical programming software inside a fully enclosed test head. The compact STS design houses all the key components of a production tester while using a fraction of the floor space, power, and maintenance typically required by traditional automated test equipment.
 
Processing FacilitiesBased on our due diligence process and the information received from our suppliers, the following facilities were identified by the Company’s suppliers as the smelters and refiners of the tin, tantalum, tungsten and/or gold present in and necessary to the functionality of products manufactured by the Company in the calendar year ended December 31, 2021. The information from our suppliers is still evolving and may contain company-level declarations. As such, this smelter list is presented in good faith as the best information we have to date. For 2021 we identified 137 SORs in our supply chain, and 130 have been audited as conformant with the RMAP. This list may contain smelters that are not in our supply chain and/or there may be other smelters not yet identified in our due diligence process. We will continue to update the list as our information and the relevant third-party data from RMI, LBMA, and RJC improves.
 
 


 Metal Standard_Smelter_Name Country_Location Entity_ID
 
Gold
 
Advanced Chemical Company
 
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
 
CID000015
 
Gold
 
Agosi AG
 
GERMANY
 
CID000035
 
Gold
 
Western Australian Mint (T/a The Perth Mint)
 
AUSTRALIA
 
CID002030
 
Gold
 
Aida Chemical Industries Co., Ltd.
 
JAPAN
 
CID000019
 
Gold
 
Dowa
 
JAPAN
 
CID000401
 
Gold
 
Almalyk Mining and Metallurgical Complex (AMMC)
 
UZBEKISTAN
 
CID000041
 
Gold
 
Asahi Pretec Corp.
 
JAPAN
 
CID000082
 
Gold
 
AngloGold Ashanti Corrego do Sitio Mineracao
 
BRAZIL
 
CID000058
 
Gold
 
Argor-Heraeus S.A.
 
SWITZERLAND
 
CID000077
 
Gold
 
Asahi Refining Canada Ltd.
 
CANADA
 
CID000924
 
Gold
 
Asahi Refining USA Inc.
 
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
 
CID000920
 
Gold
 
Asaka Riken Co., Ltd.
 
JAPAN
 
CID000090
 
Gold
 
Aurubis AG
 
GERMANY
 
CID000113
 
Gold
 
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (Central Bank of the Philippines)
 
PHILIPPINES
 
CID000128
 
Gold
 
Boliden AB
 
SWEDEN
 
CID000157
 
Gold
 
C. Hafner GmbH + Co. KG
 
GERMANY
 
CID000176
 
Gold
 
CCR Refinery - Glencore Canada Corporation
 
CANADA
 
CID000185
 
Gold
 
Chimet S.p.A.
 
ITALY
 
CID000233
 
Gold
 
Zhongyuan Gold Smelter of Zhongjin Gold Corporation
 
CHINA
 
CID002224
 
Gold
 
Shandong Gold Smelting Co., Ltd.
 
CHINA
 
CID001916
 
Gold
 
DSC (Do Sung Corporation)
 
KOREA, REPUBLIC OF
 
CID000359
 
Gold
 
Eco-System Recycling Co., Ltd. East Plant
 
JAPAN
 
CID000425
 
Gold
 
Emirates Gold DMCC
 
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
 
CID002561
 
Gold
 
Moscow Special Alloys Processing Plant
 
RUSSIAN FEDERATION
 
CID001204
 
Gold
 
JSC Novosibirsk Refinery
 
RUSSIAN FEDERATION
 
CID000493
 
Gold
 
Heimerle + Meule GmbH
 
GERMANY
 
CID000694
 
Gold
 
Heraeus Metals Hong Kong Ltd.
 
CHINA
 
CID000707
 
Gold
 
Inner Mongolia Qiankun Gold and Silver Refinery Share Co., Ltd.
 
CHINA
 
CID000801
 
Gold
 
Ishifuku Metal Industry Co., Ltd.
 
JAPAN
 
CID000807
 
Gold
 
Istanbul Gold Refinery
 
TURKEY
 
CID000814
 
Gold
 
Japan Mint
 
JAPAN
 
CID000823
 
Gold
 
Jiangxi Copper Co., Ltd.
 
CHINA
 
CID000855
 
Gold
 
JSC Uralelectromed
 
RUSSIAN FEDERATION
 
CID000929
 
Gold
 
JX Nippon Mining & Metals Co., Ltd.
 
JAPAN
 
CID000937
 
Gold
 
Kazzinc
 
KAZAKHSTAN
 
CID000957
 
Gold
 
Kennecott Utah Copper LLC
 
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
 
CID000969
 
Gold
 
Kojima Chemicals Co., Ltd.
 
JAPAN
 
CID000981
 
Gold
 
Korea Zinc Co., Ltd.
 
KOREA, REPUBLIC OF
 
CID002605
 
Gold
 
LS-NIKKO Copper Inc.
 
KOREA, REPUBLIC OF
 
CID001078
 
Gold
 
Materion
 
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
 
CID001113
 
Gold
 
Matsuda Sangyo Co., Ltd.
 
JAPAN
 
CID001119
 
Gold
 
Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., Ltd.
 
JAPAN
 
CID001798
 
Gold
 
Metalurgica Met-Mex Penoles S.A. De C.V.
 
MEXICO
 
CID001161
 
Gold
 
Umicore S.A. Business Unit Precious Metals Refining
 
BELGIUM
 
CID001980
 
Gold
 
Metalor Technologies S.A.
 
SWITZERLAND
 
CID001153
 
Gold
 
Metalor Technologies (Hong Kong) Ltd.
 
CHINA
 
CID001149
 
Gold
 
Metalor Technologies (Singapore) Pte., Ltd.
 
SINGAPORE
 
CID001152
 
Gold
 
Metalor Technologies (Suzhou) Ltd.
 
CHINA
 
CID001147
 
Gold
 
Metalor USA Refining Corporation
 
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
 
CID001157
 
Gold
 
Mitsubishi Materials Corporation
 
JAPAN
 
CID001188
 
Gold
 
Mitsui Mining and Smelting Co., Ltd.
 
JAPAN
 
CID001193
 
Gold
 
MMTC-PAMP India Pvt., Ltd.
 
INDIA
 
CID002509
 
Gold
 
Nadir Metal Rafineri San. Ve Tic. A.S.
 
TURKEY
 
CID001220


 
Gold
 
Nihon Material Co., Ltd.
 
JAPAN
 
CID001259
 
Gold
 
Ogussa Osterreichische Gold- und Silber-Scheideanstalt GmbH
 
AUSTRIA
 
CID002779
 
Gold
 
Ohura Precious Metal Industry Co., Ltd.
 
JAPAN
 
CID001325
 
Gold
 
OJSC “The Gulidov Krasnoyarsk Non-Ferrous
Metals Plant” (OJSC Krastsvetmet)
 
RUSSIAN FEDERATION
 
CID001326
 
Gold
 
PAMP S.A.
 
SWITZERLAND
 
CID001352
 
Gold
 
Prioksky Plant of Non-Ferrous Metals
 
RUSSIAN FEDERATION
 
CID001386
 
Gold
 
PT Aneka Tambang (Persero) Tbk
 
INDONESIA
 
CID001397
 
Gold
 
PX Precinox S.A.
 
SWITZERLAND
 
CID001498
 
Gold
 
Rand Refinery (Pty) Ltd.
 
SOUTH AFRICA
 
CID001512
 Gold Royal Canadian Mint CANADA CID001534
 Gold SEMPSA Joyeria Plateria S.A. SPAIN CID001585
 Gold Shandong Zhaojin Gold & Silver Refinery Co., Ltd. CHINA CID001622
 Gold Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo K.K. JAPAN CID001875
 Gold Singway Technology Co., Ltd. TAIWAN, PROVINCE OF CHINA CID002516
 Gold Solar Applied Materials Technology Corp. TAIWAN, PROVINCE OF CHINA CID001761
 Gold T.C.A S.p.A ITALY CID002580
 Gold Tokuriki Honten Co., Ltd. JAPAN CID001938
 Gold Torecom KOREA, REPUBLIC OF CID001955
 Gold Umicore Precious Metals Thailand THAILAND CID002314
 Gold United Precious Metal Refining, Inc. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CID001993
 Gold Valcambi S.A. SWITZERLAND CID002003
 Gold WIELAND Edelmetalle GmbH GERMANY CID002778
 Gold Yamakin Co., Ltd. JAPAN CID002100
 Gold Yokohama Metal Co., Ltd. JAPAN CID002129
 Tantalum Changsha South Tantalum Niobium Co., Ltd. CHINA CID000211
 Tantalum D Block Metals, LLC UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CID002504
 Tantalum F&X Electro-Materials Ltd. CHINA CID000460
 Tantalum FIR Metals & Resource Ltd. CHINA CID002505
 Tantalum Global Advanced Metals Aizu JAPAN CID002558
 Tantalum Global Advanced Metals Boyertown UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CID002557
 Tantalum XIMEI RESOURCES (GUANGDONG) LIMITED CHINA CID000616
 Tantalum TANIOBIS Co., Ltd. THAILAND CID002544
 Tantalum H.C. Starck Hermsdorf GmbH GERMANY CID002547
 Tantalum H.C. Starck Inc. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CID002548
 Tantalum TANIOBIS Japan Co., Ltd. JAPAN CID002549
 Tantalum TANIOBIS Smelting GmbH & Co. KG GERMANY CID002550
 Tantalum TANIOBIS GmbH GERMANY CID002545
 Tantalum Hengyang King Xing Lifeng New Materials Co., Ltd. CHINA CID002492
 Tantalum Jiangxi Tuohong New Raw Material CHINA CID002842
 Tantalum JiuJiang JinXin Nonferrous Metals Co., Ltd. CHINA CID000914
 Tantalum Jiujiang Tanbre Co., Ltd. CHINA CID000917
 Tantalum Metallurgical Products India Pvt., Ltd. INDIA CID001163
 Tantalum Ningxia Orient Tantalum Industry Co., Ltd. CHINA CID001277
 Tantalum Yanling Jincheng Tantalum & Niobium Co., Ltd. CHINA CID001522
 Tantalum Ulba Metallurgical Plant JSC KAZAKHSTAN CID001969
 Tin Alpha UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CID000292
 Tin PT Refined Bangka Tin INDONESIA CID001460
 Tin Yunnan Chengfeng Non-ferrous Metals Co., Ltd. CHINA CID002158
 Tin Chenzhou Yunxiang Mining and Metallurgy Co., Ltd. CHINA CID000228
 Tin China Tin Group Co., Ltd. CHINA CID001070
 Tin Tin Smelting Branch of Yunnan Tin Co., Ltd. CHINA CID002180
 Tin Dowa JAPAN CID000402


 Tin EM Vinto BOLIVIA (PLURINATIONAL STATE OF) CID000438
 Tin Fenix Metals POLAND CID000468
 Tin Minsur PERU CID001182
 Tin Gejiu Kai Meng Industry and Trade LLC CHINA CID000942
 Tin Gejiu Non-Ferrous Metal Processing Co., Ltd. CHINA CID000538
 Tin Malaysia Smelting Corporation (MSC) MALAYSIA CID001105
 Tin Mitsubishi Materials Corporation JAPAN CID001191
 Tin PT Timah Tbk Mentok INDONESIA CID001482
 Tin PT Timah Tbk Kundur INDONESIA CID001477
 Tin Magnu’s Minerais Metais e Ligas Ltda. BRAZIL CID002468
 Tin Melt Metais e Ligas S.A. BRAZIL CID002500
 Tin Metallic Resources, Inc. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CID001142
 Tin Metallo Belgium N.V. BELGIUM CID002773
 Tin Mineracao Taboca S.A. BRAZIL CID001173
 Tin O.M. Manufacturing (Thailand) Co., Ltd. THAILAND CID001314
 Tin O.M. Manufacturing Philippines, Inc. PHILIPPINES CID002517
 Tin Operaciones Metalurgicas S.A. BOLIVIA (PLURINATIONAL STATE OF) CID001337
 Tin PT Mitra Stania Prima INDONESIA CID001453
 Tin Resind Industria e Comercio Ltda. BRAZIL CID002706
 Tin Rui Da Hung TAIWAN, PROVINCE OF CHINA CID001539
 Tin Soft Metais Ltda. BRAZIL CID001758
 Tin Thaisarco THAILAND CID001898
 Tin White Solder Metalurgia e Mineracao Ltda. BRAZIL CID002036
 Tungsten Chenzhou Diamond Tungsten Products Co., Ltd. CHINA CID002513
 Tungsten Chongyi Zhangyuan Tungsten Co., Ltd. CHINA CID000258
 Tungsten Ganzhou Huaxing Tungsten Products Co., Ltd. CHINA CID000875
 Tungsten Ganzhou Seadragon W & Mo Co., Ltd. CHINA CID002494
 Tungsten Global Tungsten & Powders Corp. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CID000568
 Tungsten Hunan Chunchang Nonferrous Metals Co., Ltd. CHINA CID000769
 Tungsten Jiangwu H.C. Starck Tungsten Products Co., Ltd. CHINA CID002551
 Tungsten Xiamen Tungsten (H.C.) Co., Ltd. CHINA CID002320
 Tungsten Xiamen Tungsten Co., Ltd. CHINA CID002082


V.          Future Due Diligence
 
We will continue to communicate our expectations and information requirements to our direct suppliers. Over time, we anticipate that the amount of information available globally on the traceability and sourcing of these ores will increase and improve our knowledge. We will continue to make inquiries to our direct suppliers and undertake additional risk assessments when potentially relevant changes in facts or circumstances are identified. If we become aware of a supplier whose due diligence needs improvement, we may continue the trade relationship while that supplier improves its compliance program. We expect our suppliers to take similar measures with their suppliers to ensure alignment throughout the supply chain.
 
In addition to those above, the Company will undertake the following steps during the next compliance period:

Review the conflict minerals policy statement and update if necessary.
Review supplier and employee training materials and update if necessary.
Continue to collect responses from suppliers using the most recent revision of the CMRT.
Engage with suppliers that did not provide a response in 2021 or provided incomplete responses to enhance our data collection for 2022.
Monitor and track performance of risk mitigation efforts including the performance of suppliers deemed high-risk.
Continue engagement with smelters by sending letters to those that have not been audited as conformant.
Continue to send messages to our suppliers to engage with smelters that have not been audited as conformant.
Collect from suppliers product-level or user-defined level responses where useful.
Compare and validate RCOI results to information collected via independent third-party audit programs, such as the RMI, and through our Company’s own coordinated outreach to smelters.
Encourage responsible sourcing from the DRC and adjoining countries.

Websites referenced in this Conflict Minerals Report, and the information contained in them or connected to them, are not intended to be incorporated into this Conflict Minerals Report or our Form SD.

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APPENDIX I – Countries of Origin

The potential country of origin information provided in this Appendix is based on the information collected from the Company’s suppliers. It is important to note that this is based, in part, on company-level responses and therefore, it is not certain that these countries of origin can be linked to our products.

ArgentinaMexico
AustraliaMongolia
AustriaMozambique
BelgiumMyanmar
BeninNamibia
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Niger
BrazilNigeria
Burundi*Peru
CanadaPhilippines
China
Portugal
ColombiaRussian Federation
Congo, Democratic Republic of the*
Rwanda*
EcuadorSierra Leone
EritreaSouth Africa
EthiopiaSouth Korea
FranceSpain
GermanySwaziland
GhanaSweden
GuineaTaiwan
GuyanaTanzania*
IndiaThailand
IndonesiaUganda*
JapanUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
KazakhstanUnited States of America
KyrgyzstanUzbekistan
Laos
Vietnam
MadagascarZimbabwe
Malaysia 

* DRC or adjoining countries