Makita Corporation’s approach to dealing with the issue of conflict minerals
Regarding mining of some of the minerals (tantalite, tin, gold and tungsten) produced in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and its surrounding area, various problems, including human rights abuse by armed forces, have been pointed out. These minerals are known to be distributed widely throughout the world, serving as a source of funds for the armed forces, and are therefore called “conflict minerals.”
Recognizing this issue of conflict minerals as an important social problem, Makita will keep a responsible management system, and collaborate with relevant departments, overseas plants and suppliers to deal with the issue and strengthen its supervision over it. In addition, the corporation will ensure transparency of its supply chain by investigating whether or not minerals used in its products contain. By doing so, the corporation is building a responsible material procurement system, aimed at making its products free from conflict minerals – a source of funds for armed forces.
Makita has joined the Responsible Minerals Trade Working Group of the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA) as part of its efforts to strengthen cooperation with industry groups. In addition, the corporation has participated in the Conflict-Free Sourcing Working Group of JEITA and joined hands with the automobile industry in unifying methods for investigating the use of conflict minerals in their products, launching a full-fledged probe into the issue in fiscal 2013.
Regarding the EU Conflict Minerals Regulation that will take effect in 2021 and human rights issues that are raising growing concerns, the areas, risks, and minerals subject to regulations in association with conflict minerals issues are expanding further. The Makita Group will prepare for and respond to such requirements in cooperation with industry groups.
Makita will continue to work with suppliers and relevant organizations to make continuous and proactive efforts to achieve the goal of eradicating conflict minerals — a source of funds for armed forces — from our products and ensuring the transparency of supply chains and responsible minerals sourcing.