recycled or scrap sources because of the incomplete information received from our supply chain in response to our reasonable country of origin inquiry. As a result, we conducted due diligence on the source and chain of custody of those minerals.
5.1 Design of Due Diligence; Conformity to a Recognized Due Diligence Framework
Our due diligence measures have been designed to conform to the framework in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas (OECD Guidance) and the related Supplements for gold, tin, tantalum and tungsten. This OECD framework (the “Framework”) is the only due diligence framework recognized by the SEC to date. The Framework stresses five main areas of due diligence design detailed below in Sections 5.2 to 5.6.
5.2 Establish Strong Company Management Systems
Forney and Joyce established a management system for Conflict Minerals consisting of a cross-functional group to examine the potential use and source, if any, of Conflict Minerals in their products and to put measures in place to ensure compliance with the Conflict Minerals Rule. This group includes representatives from management, operations, supply chain management, finance and legal counsel.
Conflict Minerals Policy
Forney and Joyce each established a Conflicts Minerals policy (the “Policy”) that is designed to communicate their commitment to responsible sourcing of Conflict Minerals throughout their supply chain for products that they manufacture. The Policy discusses the fact that they are putting policies and systems into place to reduce the risk that Conflict Minerals used in their products originate in the Covered Countries. The Policy informs suppliers that because they do not typically source Conflict Minerals directly from miners, smelters or refiners, they will rely on the cooperation of their suppliers in the implementation of their Policy and in enabling them to meet their compliance obligations. The Policy is published on each of their respective websites.