Addressing Conflict Minerals Across the Supply Chain
June 18, 2020 --
Recently, Lockheed Martin completed the filing of our Conflict Minerals Report (CMR) with the Securities and Exchange Commission for the reporting period January 1 to December 31, 2019. The term “Conflict Minerals” refers to tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold (or 3TG). The CMR is submitted annually to adhere to the government’s requirement for disclosure of certain information when a company manufactures or contracts to manufacture products containing Conflict Minerals that are necessary to the functionality or production of those products if the company has reason to believe that the Conflict Minerals may have originated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) or its nine neighboring countries.
Even if your company is not subject to SEC filings, as a direct supplier to Lockheed Martin, you may be asked to provide information regarding the uses and sources of conflict minerals in your products.
To create the 2019 CMR, over 1,300 self-declared manufacturer suppliers were surveyed using the Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT) provided by the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) organization. A majority of the suppliers responded and the information they provided was analyzed, summarized, and included in the Lockheed Martin CMR.
Our Supplier Code of Conduct, referenced in the ethics clause of all new purchase orders, includes expectations that we hold for our suppliers concerning Conflict Minerals. We encourage suppliers to implement supply chain due diligence processes to identify sources of these minerals and support efforts to eradicate the use of Conflict Minerals which directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed groups in the DRC or its nine neighboring countries.