Waters Corporation (“Waters”) is committed to the responsible sourcing of materials through our global supply chain.
On August 22, 2012, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission issued final rules implementing Section 1502 of the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Act”). In accordance with the Act, reporting companies must determine whether any conflict minerals originating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or certain adjoining countries (defined by the Act as Tin (Cassiterite), Tungsten (Wolframite), Tantalum (Columbite-Tantalite or Coltan) and Gold (the “Conflict Minerals”)) are necessary to the functionality or production of their manufactured products.
Waters has established a program to review our global supply chain for materials that contain Conflict Minerals. This program is based upon certain industry guidance, including the Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development.
Waters expects its suppliers to exercise due diligence in their own supply chain and to make their due diligence findings available to Waters.