At ASM, we see the bigger picture. Our corporate responsibility does not stop at the factory gates; it applies to everyone across the world that works with us and that includes all of our suppliers.

The following extracts from our Corporate Responsibility Policy are directly relevant for our relationship with our supply chain.

“ASM is committed to making positive contributions towards causing no harm to our people or the planet.”

We require our supply chain to commit to the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) tenets to follow guidelines for performance and compliance with critical Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policies, including all areas of Ethics, Labor, Environment, Health & safety and Management Systems.

We are actively working with our supply chain to address the issue of Conflict Minerals. We require all suppliers to commit to a Conflict Mineral-free supply chain. Our Conflict Mineral policy serves as the basis upon which we operate. We expect our entire supply chain to comply with this policy.

“ASM is committed to conducting business, both in our own operations and throughout our supply chain, in a manner consistent with the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) tenets to protect our employees, customers, communities, shareholders and the environment.”

As a member of the global corporate community, ASM has a strong commitment to its environmental and sustainability programs and is aware and focused on human rights violations that are associated with the mining of certain minerals under potentially violent conditions in certain parts of the world. ASM supports the principles endorsed by the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Regulation and Consumer Protection Act to avoid the use of Conflict Minerals.

Conflict Minerals refers to minerals or other derivatives including tin, tantalum, gold and tungsten, which when mined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and adjoining countries, directly or indirectly finance armed groups engaged in civil war resulting in social and environmental abuses.
ASM is committed to sourcing components and materials from companies that share these values concerning human rights, ethics and environmental and social sustainability.

ASM expects its suppliers to source materials from socially responsible suppliers. ASM expects its suppliers to comply with all regulations pertaining to Conflict Minerals and to provide all the necessary declarations. As this is an evolving global issue, ASM is committed to continuous improvement in this area both for itself and its supply chain.

In and for the year ended December 31, 2013, we sent to each of our direct suppliers a copy of our Conflict Minerals Policy, which is set forth above, and a specially-designed supplier questionnaire requesting each supplier to identify and report to us the source of any Conflict Minerals contained in the products or materials supplied to us. We engaged in specific follow-up with key suppliers who did not timely respond to our questionnaire and conducted further inquiry and investigation into suppliers with unresponsive, inconsistent or otherwise inadequate responses to our questionnaire.

We evaluated the responses to our supplier questionnaire in light of our underlying due diligence framework, which is based on the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High Risk Areas. Our due diligence framework describes our systems for:

  • Conflict minerals management systems
  • Conflict minerals supply chain risk assessment
  • Evaluation and response to identified conflict minerals risks
  • Third party audits
  • Conflict minerals reporting requirements.

The results of the inquiries and due diligence are summarized in our Special Disclosure Report, Form SD, which is filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and provided here for reference; 2013 Form SD for ASMI.