Conflict Minerals Policy Statement

In response to violence and human rights violations in the mining of certain minerals from the “Conflict Region”, which is situated in the eastern portion of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and surrounding countries, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has adopted rules to implement reporting and disclosure requirements related to “conflict minerals,” as directed by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. The rules require publicly traded companies to disclose whether the products they manufacture or contract to manufacture contain “conflict minerals” and if they are “necessary to the functionality or production” of those products.

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