Conflict resources are natural resources extracted in a conflict zone and sold to perpetuate the fighting. There is both statistical and anecdotal evidence that belligerent accessibility to precious commodities can prolong conflicts (a "resource curse"). The most prominent contemporary example has been the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where various armies, rebel groups, and outside actors have profited from mining while contributing to violence and exploitation during wars in the region, and those four most commonly mined conflict minerals (known as 3TGs, from their initials) are cassiterite (for tin), wolframite (for tungsten), coltan (for tantalum), and gold ore, which are extracted from the eastern Congo.
LITE-ON Technology Corp. OPS SBU undertakes due diligence to attempt to determine if conflict minerals are used in our products. Conflict minerals are described as Gold (Au), Tantalum (Ta), Tungsten (W),Tin (Sn) and Cobalt (Co) that are sourced from adjoining countries from mines controlled by non-governmental military groups. In addition, LITE-ON Technology Corp. OPS SBU used EICC and GeSI jointly drafted the "EICC / GeSI Conflict Minerals Reporting Template" to standardize the collection of information from all suppliers, and will also do our best to follow “OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas” to do Conflict Minerals management.