Conflict minerals

  • The Dodd-Frank Act requires US-listed companies to submit annual reports on their use of gold, tin, tantalum and tungsten from illegal mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and its neighboring countries.

    At Danfoss, these materials are used in some of our products, especially electronic products, that we buy. Danfoss is not a US-listed company and is not directly regulated by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). We are, therefore, not in the direct scope of the regulations. However, being a supplier to many large companies who are regulated by the SEC, we recognize that the Dodd-Frank Act will also affect our business, and that our customers will expect us to be able to trace the respective minerals in our products, and by doing so facilitate our customers’ disclosure obligations.

    Danfoss’ suppliers
    Suppliers shall meet the requirements listed in the “Danfoss Position on Conflict Minerals”.
    From October 2016, Assent Compliance is authorized by Danfoss to collect conflict minerals data through the Conflict Minerals Reporting Template. As part of the declaration process Danfoss’ suppliers are required to submit their CMRT to Assent Compliance’s online portal.

    Danfoss’ commitments and measures
    We have established internal processes to determine whether 3TGs in our products are DRC Conflict-Free.
    We will continue to:


    • Identify potential sourcing risks affecting our products in which 3TGs are required and proactively require all minerals in our supply chain to be DRC conflict-free;
    • Exercise due diligence regarding the origin and chain of custody of the 3TGs contained in products in our supply chain that we manufacture or contract to manufacture;
    • Encourage our suppliers to responsibly source 3TGs through smelters and refiners that have been verified as DRC conflict-free through the Conflict Free Smelter Program (CFSP) or a similar framework;
    • Specify requirements to our suppliers on Conflict Minerals through our Danfoss Supplier Quality Manual and through our list of unwanted and prohibited substances, which is called the Danfoss Negative List;
    • Support and adhere to national and international standards and guidelines for responsible supply chains of 3TG minerals like the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals; and
    • Collect and report information about the origin of the 3TGs in our supply chain through the use of the EICC/GeSI Conflict Minerals Reporting Template.


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