Responsible supply chain and sourcing
We are deeply committed to an ethical supply chain, which begins by establishing relationships with third-party vendors who share in our respect for human rights and compliance with all applicable laws and fair labor practices. We're also dedicated to identifying and engaging suppliers that uphold quality and sustainability standards.
The term Conflict Minerals usually refers to tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold (3TG), when those minerals provide a financial benefit to armed groups operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and adjacent countries.
The Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 requires certain manufacturers, including BHGE, to file an annual disclosure with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and on their public websites providing information on all products that contain conflict materials. The aim of the law is to prevent financing of armed conflict and human rights abuses in the DRC region.
BHGE is committed to responsibly source all materials, and will collaborate with suppliers to work toward a conflict-free minerals supply chain. Further, BHGE expects its suppliers to adopt policies and management systems consistent with Dodd-Frank and our policy, as well as require their suppliers to adopt similar socially responsible sourcing practices.
BHGE undertakes a yearly survey of its pertinent supply chain, conducted by a third-party provider, to determine if any of our suppliers sourced 3TGs from the DRC region and to conduct due diligence on the conflict status of relevant minerals. This process is completed for all products offered for sale, but excludes tools that are offered for rent or used to provide services.