PPG is committed to ethical business conduct and responsible sourcing. We are working diligently with our global supply chain partners to ensure compliance with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s rule on conflict minerals.
The international supply chain for these minerals is complex, however, and tracing them is challenging. Many of the raw materials we use that contain conflict minerals pass through a variety of intermediaries before reaching our company. We do not purchase directly from the smelters that produce the minerals. Therefore, we must rely upon our suppliers to identify the sources of conflict minerals and to declare the conflict-mineral status of their products, as stated in our conflict minerals policy.
Consistent with our commitment to social responsibility and sustainability, we expect each of our suppliers to:
- Conduct due diligence on its supply chain in accordance with the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development’s Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas.
- Determine the source of any conflict minerals or products containing conflict minerals that are supplied to us.
- Provide the conflict minerals source information that is necessary to support our due diligence and reporting obligations under the SEC’s Conflict Minerals rules.
- Notify us if a supplied product contains conflict minerals originating in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) or surrounding countries.
Suppliers that are not able to provide adequate information about the source of any conflict minerals in their products or that supply products containing conflict minerals from the DRC or surrounding countries shall be evaluated by our Procurement Department and may be denied future PPG business.