We conducted a survey of the active suppliers described above using the template developed jointly by the companies of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition® (EICC®) and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), known as the CFSI Reporting Template (the “Template”). The Template was developed to facilitate disclosure and communication of information regarding smelters that provide material to a company’s supply chain. It includes questions regarding a company’s “Conflict Free” policy, engagement with its direct suppliers, and a listing of the smelters the company and its suppliers use. In addition, the Template contains questions about the origin of Conflict Minerals included in their products, as well as supplier due diligence. Written instructions and recorded training illustrating the use of the tool are available on CFSI’s website. The Template is being widely adopted by many companies in their due diligence processes related to Conflict Minerals.
B. Reasonable Country of Origin Inquiry China Mobile has conducted an inquiry that was designed to determine whether any of the 3TG in Products originated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (the DRC) or an adjoining country as defined in the instructions to Form SD (collectively together with the DRC, the Covered Countries) or is from recycled or scrap sources. If, based on such inquiry, China Mobile knows or has reason to believe that any of the necessary conflict minerals contained in Products originated or may have originated in a Covered Country, and knows or has reason to believe that those necessary conflict minerals may not be solely from recycled or scrap sources, China Mobile will conduct due diligence to determine if the necessary conflict minerals contained in those Products did or did not directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed groups in the Covered Countries. Products which do not contain necessary conflict minerals that directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed groups in the Covered Countries are considered DRC conflict free by China Mobile after conducting its due diligence. As China Mobile is a downstream supplier of finished products and does not purchase from, and has no established commercial relationships with, smelters or refiners of conflict minerals, China Mobiles reasonable country of origin inquiry (RCOI) focused on its direct suppliers. China Mobile was able to identify all of its direct suppliers of Products containing 3TG that have been contracted by China Mobile to be manufactured by third parties. There were 16 such direct suppliers during the Reporting Period.
a. China Mobile is reporting annually on its supply chain due diligence by preparing this Conflict Minerals Report to disclose the description of the measures taken to determine the source and chain of custody of any of the necessary conflict minerals contained in China Mobiles products, as well as the results of China Mobiles due diligence. This Conflict Minerals Report is available on China Mobiles corporate website (http://www.chinamobileltd.com/en/ir/sec.php). The information contained in such website is not a part of this Form SD.
OECD Step 5 Report on supply chain due diligence. We report annually on our supply chain due diligence activities including the conflict minerals program in our annual sustainability report and we file a Form SD and Conflict Minerals Report (“CMR”) for Compliance Year 2017 with the US Securities and Exchange Commission on or before the May 31, 2018 deadline in compliance with the SEC Conflict Minerals Final Rule and subsequent guidance. This information is publicly available on our company website at http://ase.aseglobal.com/en/csr/supply_chain_development/conflict_minerals_compliance.
a.We continue to structure our internal management system by assigning and empowering the Compliance Department to exercise and support supply chain due diligence. b.The Information Disclosure Committee, which is comprised of members elected by the Board of Directors, is responsible for analyzing and confirming the accuracy of the information provided in our Form SD and Conflict Minerals Report (CMR) to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). c.We continue to provide our company policy on conflict minerals on our company website both in Japanese (http://www.iij.ad.jp/ir/faq/about/index.html) and in English (http://www.iij.ad.jp/en/ir/faq/about/index.html). d. We identified the products we contracted to be manufactured by suppliers and determined that there were five direct suppliers contracted by IIJ to manufacture such products. e.IIJ held explanatory meetings for our direct suppliers to provide information in detail on how to respond to the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition/Global e-Sustainability Initiative (“EICC/GeSI”) Conflict Minerals Reporting Template survey, which IIJ uses to engage with suppliers on 3TG. We also provided instructions on how to use the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (“JAMA”) Reporting tool. This tool aggregates responses from suppliers of our direct suppliers to assist them in creating their own responses to the survey. f.We worked closely with our direct suppliers to address their questions or complaints as they responded to the survey.
report publicly on our supply chain due diligence. Because we are a downstream supplier, we are many steps removed from the mining of conflict minerals. The components and materials contained in our products are supplied by a large number of suppliers, through multiple tiers of distribution. Once minerals are in the supply chain, determining the smelter or the origin of minerals is a challenging process, and we are realistic about the limitations on what we can identify and control.