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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

Form SD

 

Specialized Disclosure Report

 

Diodes Incorporated

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

Delaware

002-25577

95-2039518

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

(Commission

File Number)

(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

 

 

 

4949 Hedgcoxe Road, Suite 200

Plano, Texas

75024

(Address of principal executive offices)

(Zip Code)

Brett R. Whitmire

(972) 987-3900

(Name and telephone number, including area code, of person to contact in connection with this report.)

 

Check the appropriate box to indicate the rule pursuant to which this form is being filed, and provide the period to which the information in this form applies:

Rule 13p-1 under the Securities Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13p-1) for the reporting period from January 1 to December 31, 2021.

 

 

 

 


Section 1 – Conflict Minerals Disclosure

Item 1.01 Conflict Minerals Disclosure and Report

The disclosure required by this item are contained in the Company’s Conflict Minerals Report for the year ended December 31, 2021 filed as Exhibit 1.01 hereto and is publicly available at https://www.diodes.com/about/company/sustainability/supply-chain.

Item 1.02 Exhibit

A copy of Diodes Incorporated’s Conflict Minerals Report for the year ended December 31, 2021 is filed as Exhibit 1.01 hereto and is publicly available at https://www.diodes.com/about/company/sustainability/supply-chain.

Section 2 – Exhibits

Item 2.01 Exhibits

Exhibit 1.01 – Conflict Minerals Report as required by Items 1.01 and 1.02 of this Form.

 

 

 

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the duly authorized undersigned.

 

DIODES INCORPORATED

 

DATE: May 25, 2022

 

 

 

 

 

By

 

/s/ Brett R. Whitmire

 

 

 

 

BRETT R. WHITMIRE

 

 

 

 

Chief Financial Officer

 

 

 

 

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Exhibit 1.01

 

Diodes Incorporated
Conflict Minerals Report
for the Year Ended December 31, 2021

 

I. INTRODUCTION

 

This Conflict Minerals Report (“CMR” or “Report”) for DIODES INCORPORATED (herein referred to as “Diodes,” the “Company,” “we,” “us,” or “our”) is presented to comply with Rule 13p-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Rule”) for the reporting period from January 1 to December 31, 2021 (the “2021 reporting period”). The Rule was adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) to implement reporting and disclosure requirements related to Conflict Minerals as directed by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (the “Dodd-Frank Act”).

 

The Rule imposes certain reporting obligations on SEC registrants whose manufactured products contain Conflict Minerals which are necessary to the functionality or production of their products. These requirements apply to registrants whatever the geographic origin of the Conflict Minerals and whether or not they fund armed conflict.


The Report covers activities of all of Diodes’ majority-owned subsidiaries and variable interest entities that are subject to the Rule. The Rule imposes certain due diligence and reporting obligations on SEC registrants whose manufactured products (including products contracted to be made for that registrant) contain “conflict minerals” necessary to the functionality or production of those products. Conflict Minerals are defined as columbite-tantalite, also known as coltan (the metal ore from which tantalum is extracted), cassiterite (the metal ore from which tin is extracted), wolframite (the metal ore from which tungsten is extracted), gold, or their derivatives (collectively referred to as “3TGs”); or any other mineral or its derivatives as determined by the Secretary of State to be financing conflicts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (“DRC”) or adjoining countries.

 

This Report has been prepared by the management of Diodes.

 

Diodes is committed to the responsible sourcing of raw materials globally in support of human rights, labor, health and safety, environment, and ethics (for more information, please see https://www.diodes.com/sustainability. This commitment includes our efforts to responsibly address Conflict Minerals in our products’ supply chain. This Report describes our efforts during the 2021 reporting period, which demonstrate further meaningful progress.

 

The net number of 3TG smelters identified in our supply chain during 2021 decreased from 171 to 126 due to changes in our suppliers and their sub-tier suppliers, additional information provided by suppliers, and changes in the status of smelters under the Conformant Smelters and Refiners Program (“RMAP”).

 

This Report has not been audited because the circumstances that would require an audit under the Rule are not present.

 

Diodes, a Standard and Poor's Smallcap 600 and Russell 3000 Index company, is a leading global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality application-specific standard products within the broad discrete, logic, analog, and mixed-signal semiconductor markets. The Company serves the consumer electronics, computing, communications, industrial, and automotive markets.

 

Our products include diodes; rectifiers; transistors; MOSFETs; GPP bridges; GPP rectifiers; protection devices; function-specific arrays; single gate logic; amplifiers and comparators; Hall-effect and temperature sensors; and power management devices, including LED drivers, AC-DC converters and controllers, DC-DC switching and linear voltage regulators, voltage references along with special-function devices, such as USB power switches, load switches, voltage supervisors, and motor controllers. The Company also has timing, connectivity, switching, and signal integrity solutions for high-speed signals.

 

 

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Our market focus is on high-growth, end-user applications in the following areas:

 

Industrial: embedded systems, precision controls, and Industrial IoT;
Communications: smartphones, 5G networks, advanced protocols, and charging solutions;
Consumer: IoT, wearables, home automation, and smart infrastructure;
Computing: cloud computing including server, storage, and data center applications; and
Automotive: connected driving, comfort/style/safety, and electrification/powertrain.

Our product line includes over 29,000 products, and we shipped approximately 58 billion units in 2021.

 

We manufacture “in-house” and contract with third parties to manufacture our products, which we refer to collectively in this CMR as “products.” A review of the bills of materials used in our products showed that the 3TGs are necessary for the functionality of our products.

 

Not all of our products contain all of these metals, but most of our products contain at least one of them, and are thus within the scope of the Rule. On the basis of our “reasonable country of origin inquiry” required by the Rule and described in Section II of this Report, some of the 3TGs contained in our products have originated in the DRC or an adjoining country (each a “Covered Country” for purposes of the Rule). For that reason, we are submitting this CMR, which describes the conflict minerals due diligence we have performed pursuant to the Rule, as an exhibit to our Form SD.

 

This CMR, which includes sections titled Reasonable Country of Origin Inquiry (“RCOI”), Due Diligence Design and Performance, Smelter Information, Improvements from 2020 Conflict Minerals Report, and Future Measures, is designed to meet the reporting requirements of the Rule. It is publicly available on our website.

 

II. REASONABLE COUNTRY OF ORIGIN INQUIRY (RCOI)

 

Our RCOI corresponds to the first and second steps of the five-step OECD Guidance, as that Guidance (including its Supplements) applies to each of the 3TGs and to Diodes as a “downstream company.” The OECD Guidance provides a framework for detailed due diligence to support responsible global supply-chain management of minerals, including the 3TGs.

 

Diodes is a direct and contract manufacturer with an extensive supply chain comprised of several layers of suppliers positioned between ourselves and 3TG smelters/refiners and mines. Our contracts require our suppliers to identify each and every substance including, but not limited to, 3TGs contained in the materials/products supplied to us. We refer collectively in this CMR to our manufacturing partners and their respective contracted suppliers as “in-scope suppliers.” Due to our extended supply chain, we rely on our in-scope suppliers to provide us with information concerning the sources and chains of custody of 3TGs necessary to the functionality or production of our products. Because of our operation size, the complexity of our products, and the depth, breadth, and constant evolution of our supply chain, it is difficult to identify actors upstream from our direct suppliers. We provide details on our supply chain due diligence process in Section III.

 

A. Establish Strong Company Management Systems

 

1. Company Policies

 

Diodes’ “Statement on Conflict Minerals” (See https://www.diodes.com/assets/Quality-Reliability-Docs/DiodesIncorporatedStatementOnConflictMinerals.pdf) describes our approach and commitment to work towards a goal of sourcing only conflict-free 3TGs in our products. Diodes is committed to the sourcing

 

 

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of raw materials in a way that supports human rights, labor, health and safety, environment and ethics. Consistent with this commitment, we address the issues associated with the harvesting, extraction and transportation of raw materials as a global responsibility applicable to all substances used in our products - unbounded by specific materials or locations. Diodes’ policies also include, but are not limited to, Diodes’ Code of Supplier Conduct, which defines our expectations concerning ethical business, employment, and expected behaviors for all of Diodes’ employees, and Diodes’ suppliers. Diodes’ policies and procedures require our contracted suppliers to immediately notify Diodes if they obtain information or knowledge that minerals used in the products that they supply to Diodes may contain 3TGs from a Covered Country that may be directly or indirectly financing or benefitting armed groups in those countries. Such information would trigger an escalation process that may result in termination of Diodes’ business relationship with the supplier. For more information, see Section III below.

 

2. Internal Management Team

 

Development and implementation of Diodes’ Conflict Minerals due diligence plan requires engagement of various Diodes’ departments, including, but not limited to, Sub-contract Management, Engineering, Finance, Legal, Purchasing, and Quality. The team of subject matter experts is responsible for implementing our Conflict Minerals compliance strategy and is led by our Quality Systems Manager who acts as the Conflict Minerals Program Manager. Senior management is updated on the results of our due diligence efforts on a regular basis. The team also trains other Diodes’ personnel on their roles and responsibilities for implementing and supporting Diodes’ responsible sourcing program.

 

Because we do not have a direct relationship with Conflict Mineral smelters or refiners (“SORs”) and do not perform or direct Conflict Mineral audits of these entities within our supply chain, we follow the following industry-wide initiatives:

 

• The Responsible Business Alliance-Global e-Sustainability Initiative; and

 

• The Responsible Minerals Initiative (“RMI”), a voluntary program in which independent third-party audits are used to identify SORs that have systems in place to assure sourcing of only conflict-free materials.

 

As a result of this we periodically update our publicly available Conflict Minerals reporting template (“CMRT”) declaration, as well as updating information retrieved from our suppliers’ CMRTs. The CMRT declaration, which is a standardized reporting template developed by the RMI, facilitates the transfer of information through the supply chain regarding mineral country of origin and SORs being utilized.

 

We also monitor data as updated on the RMI web site at https://www.responsiblemineralsinitiative.org regularly. We request updates of our suppliers’ CMRT declarations to be in compliance with the latest revision of the CMRT reporting template upon submission or where we identify SORs who have been suspended or removed from the RMI conformant lists.

 

We have outlined expectations regarding use of Conflict Minerals in our Corporate Supplier Quality specifications. We request all identified Conflict Mineral suppliers to disseminate our requirements along their supply chain.

 

We rely upon our suppliers to provide us with information about the sources of Conflict Minerals contained in the materials and products supplied to us. Our suppliers are similarly reliant upon information provided by their sub-tier suppliers.

 

3. System of Supply Chain Controls and Transparency

 

We require our suppliers of materials and components for our products to fully disclose the substances that are present in the materials and products supplied to us, which may include information obtained from sub-tier suppliers. These material disclosure requirements explicitly cover 3TGs. Our contracted suppliers are responsible for communicating these 3TG sourcing requirements and specifications to their suppliers.

 

 

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These disclosures are assessed for correct completion, credibility and potential sourcing risk. In cases where risk is identified, Diodes implements an escalation policy, which may result in termination of the business relationship with the supplier.

 

4. Supplier Engagement

In light of our corporate size, and the depth, breadth, and constant evolution of our supply chain, we rely on our suppliers of materials and products to provide us with information concerning the source and chain of custody of 3TGs contained in the products they supply to us. Many of our suppliers are also subject to the Rule and they rely on information provided by their upstream suppliers.

 

We drive responsible sourcing through our extended supply chain by exercising due diligence regarding our suppliers’ sourcing of 3TGs in their upstream supply chains. We also support broader industry efforts to promote responsible mining and sourcing, as outlined above. Finally, we review all documentation supplied by our contracted suppliers to verify conformance to Diodes’ requirements. More information concerning this review is set out below.

 

Supplier Due Diligence: We require our suppliers whose products are believed to contain 3TGs to meet our material disclosure requirements and related responsible sourcing policies through contractual provisions and product specifications that we communicate, monitor, and track electronically to ensure that suppliers are meeting our requirements. These policies and procedures are outlined in Section III. We also assist our contracted suppliers to meet our requirements through direct communications.

 

Supplier Verification: Diodes performs verifications of its materials and products suppliers to assess their conformance to our requirements, which includes supply chain transparency. All new materials/products suppliers undergo an initial capability assessment to verify conformance to Diodes’ requirements. Diodes selects and retains only those suppliers who commit to meeting these requirements. A failure by a supplier or any sub-tier supplier to conform to these requirements may constitute a breach of the supplier’s contractual agreement with Diodes.

 

The RMI’s “Reasonable Practices to Identify Sources of Conflict Minerals: Practical Guidance for Downstream Companies” document states that “the red flag triggers are exclusively upstream of the [smelters or refiners].” Because of this we mitigate risks associated with the sourcing of 3TGs by working with our suppliers to identify 3TG SORs and encouraging those facilities to become conformant with the relevant RMAP assessment protocol or if this does not occur, encouraging the supplier to use an alternate facility that is RMAP conformant. We require our suppliers to actively work with their upstream suppliers to mitigate risks associated with their 3TG sourcing.

 

5. Grievance Mechanism

 

Diodes’ Code of Business Conduct includes our commitment to provide an anonymous grievance reporting mechanism for our employees who may be affected by our operations. The policy encourages Diodes’ employees to report suspected violations. We investigate and, where appropriate, take remedial action to address reported incidents.

 

B. Identify and Assess Risk in the Supply Chain

 

We have taken the following steps to identify and assess supplier Conflict Mineral sourcing risk in the 2021 reporting period:

 

• We surveyed all our potential in-scope suppliers to determine the status of any 3TGs contained in materials and products supplied to Diodes during the 2021 reporting period which are ultimately sold on to customers of our products. The survey utilized the RMI CMRT which requests a list of all SORs from which its 3TGs were ultimately sourced, which may require that the same inquiry be made to sub-tier suppliers.

 

 

 

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• The survey was conducted in accordance with the OECD Guidance as tailored for our role as a downstream company. Supplier CMRT submissions were reviewed to validate that they were completed correctly and to identify any contradictions or inconsistencies.

 

• We received survey responses from all suppliers, with some being referred back following our checking, validation, and due diligence activities.

 

 

 

 

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III. DUE DILIGENCE DESIGN AND PERFORMANCE

 

On the basis of our RCOI, we have determined that some of the 3TGs contained in our products may have originated in one or more Covered Countries. Accordingly, we performed due diligence on the source and chain of custody of those 3TGs to seek to confirm that the SORs were certified by the RMI.

 

A. Due Diligence Design

 

Our due diligence measures have been designed to conform to OECD Guidance, an internationally recognized due diligence framework.

 

B. Due Diligence Performance

 

1. Design and Implement a Strategy to Respond to Risks

 

Diodes encourages its suppliers to take affirmative actions to minimize the possible sourcing of 3TGs from conflict-affected areas by doing the following:

 

• Exercising due diligence on the source and chain of custody of any 3TGs contained in raw materials and products they provide to Diodes.

 

• Identifying by name each SOR that has processed or otherwise handled 3TGs contained in those materials and products

 

• Encouraging those SORs to participate in the RMAP or an equivalent third party conflict-free certification scheme.

 

• Seeking to ensure that minerals in their supply chain are not being sourced from the DRC or adjoining countries unless they are purchased from SORs that are listed as conformant on the RMI website.

 

We encourage our suppliers to impose these same requirements on their sub-tier suppliers and to provide appropriate training and support to help their sub-tier suppliers meet Diodes’ requirements. To facilitate this process, we direct our suppliers to utilize the common industry template provided by the RMI and found at https://www.responsiblemineralsinitiative.org.

 

2. Report on Supply Chain Due Diligence

 

Diodes’ Statement on Conflict Minerals is available on our external website at https://www.diodes.com/about/company/sustainability/supply-chain. We file our CMR, required by Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act, annually with the SEC. These disclosures are also publicly available on our website at https://www.diodes.com/about/company/sustainability/supply-chain.

 

 

 

 

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IV. SMELTER INFORMATION

 

A. 3TG Processing Facilities

 

As described in Section II, we require our suppliers of materials and products for our products to provide full material declarations for all substances, including 3TGs, contained in the materials and products they supply to us. For smelter and refiner identification, the vast majority of our suppliers provided data at a company or divisional level. We are therefore unable to be certain that the 3TGs reported by the suppliers were contained in the materials and products supplied to us or that the SORs reported by our suppliers are all in our supply chain.

 

Our supplier survey data revealed 126 3TG smelters or refiners in Diodes’ supply chain.

 

Listed below are the smelters and refiners we have determined to be potentially in our supply chain for 2021 that have processed Conflict Minerals, the conflict status of which is undeterminable. As explained above, the presence of a smelter or refiner on the list does not indicate that our products necessarily contain Conflict Minerals processed by that smelter or refiner.

 

Table 1: Conflict Mineral Smelters and Refiners

 

Metal

Facility (Smelter or Refiner) Name

Country

Gold

Aida Chemical Industries Co., Ltd.

Japan

Gold

Allgemeine Gold-und Silberscheideanstalt A.G.

Germany

Gold

AngloGold Ashanti Corrego do Sitio Mineracao

Brazil

Gold

Argor-Heraeus S.A.

Switzerland

Gold

Asahi Pretec Corp.

Japan

Gold

Asahi Refining Canada Ltd.

Canada

Gold

Asahi Refining USA Inc.

United States of America

Gold

Asaka Riken Co., Ltd.

Japan

Gold

Aurubis AG

Germany

Gold

Boliden AB

Sweden

Gold

C. Hafner GmbH + Co. KG

Germany

Gold

CCR Refinery - Glencore Canada Corporation

Canada

Gold

Chimet S.p.A.

Italy

Gold

Dowa

Japan

Gold

Eco-System Recycling Co., Ltd. East Plant

Japan

Gold

Heimerle + Meule GmbH

Germany

Gold

Heraeus Metals Hong Kong Ltd.

China

Gold

Heraeus Precious Metals GmbH & Co. KG

Germany

Gold

Ishifuku Metal Industry Co., Ltd.

Japan

Gold

Istanbul Gold Refinery

Turkey

Gold

JX Nippon Mining & Metals Co., Ltd.

Japan

Gold

Kennecott Utah Copper LLC

United States of America

Gold

Kojima Chemicals Co., Ltd.

Japan

Gold

LS-NIKKO Copper Inc.

Republic of Korea

Gold

Materion

United States of America

Gold

Matsuda Sangyo Co., Ltd.

Japan

Gold

Metalor Technologies (Hong Kong) Ltd.

China

 

 

 

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Gold

Metalor Technologies (Singapore) Pte., Ltd.

Singapore

Gold

Metalor Technologies (Suzhou) Ltd.

China

Gold

Metalor Technologies S.A.

Switzerland

Gold

Metalor USA Refining Corporation

United States of America

Gold

Metalurgica Met-Mex Penoles S.A. De C.V.

Mexico

Gold

Mitsubishi Materials Corporation

Japan

Gold

Mitsui Mining and Smelting Co., Ltd.

Japan

Gold

Nihon Material Co., Ltd.

Japan

Gold

Ohura Precious Metal Industry Co., Ltd.

Japan

Gold

PAMP S.A.

Switzerland

Gold

Rand Refinery (Pty) Ltd.

South Africa

Gold

Royal Canadian Mint

Canada

Gold

SEMPSA Joyeria Plateria S.A.

Spain

Gold

Shandong Zhaojin Gold & Silver Refinery Co., Ltd.

China

Gold

Solar Applied Materials Technology Corp.

Taiwan, Province Of China

Gold

Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., Ltd.

Japan

Gold

Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo K.K.

Japan

Gold

Shandong Gold Smelting Co., Ltd.

China

Gold

Tokuriki Honten Co., Ltd.

Japan

Gold

Umicore S.A. Business Unit Precious Metals Refining

Belgium

Gold

United Precious Metal Refining, Inc.

United States of America

Gold

Valcambi S.A.

Switzerland

Gold

Western Australian Mint (T/a The Perth Mint)

Australia

Gold

WIELAND Edelmetalle GmbH

Germany

Gold

Zhongyuan Gold Smelter of Zhongjin Gold Corporation

China

Tantalum

Asaka Riken Co., Ltd.

Japan

Tantalum

Changsha South Tantalum Niobium Co., Ltd.

China

Tantalum

D Block Metals, LLC

United States of America

Tantalum

Exotech Inc.

United States of America

Tantalum

F&X Electro-Materials Ltd.

China

Tantalum

FIR Metals & Resource Ltd.

China

Tantalum

Global Advanced Metals Aizu

Japan

Tantalum

Global Advanced Metals Boyertown

United States of America

Tantalum

H.C. Starck Hermsdorf GmbH

Germany

Tantalum

H.C. Starck Inc.

United States of America

Tantalum

Hengyang King Xing Lifeng New Materials Co., Ltd.

China

Tantalum

Jiangxi Tuohong New Raw Material

China

Tantalum

JiuJiang JinXin Nonferrous Metals Co., Ltd.

China

Tantalum

Jiujiang Tanbre Co., Ltd.

China

Tantalum

Metallurgical Products India Pvt., Ltd.

India

Tantalum

Ningxia Orient Tantalum Industry Co., Ltd.

China

Tantalum

NPM Silmet AS

Estonia

Tantalum

Ulba Metallurgical Plant JSC

Kazakhstan

Tantalum

Yanling Jincheng Tantalum & Niobium Co., Ltd.

China

 

 

 

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Tin

Alpha

United States of America

Tin

Chenzhou Yunxiang Mining and Metallurgy Co., Ltd.

China

Tin

Chifeng Dajingzi Tin Industry Co., Ltd.

China

Tin

China Tin Group Co., Ltd.

China

Tin

Dowa

Japan

Tin

Fenix Metals

Poland

Tin

Gejiu Kai Meng Industry and Trade LLC

China

Tin

Gejiu Non-Ferrous Metal Processing Co., Ltd.

China

Tin

Gejiu Yunxin Nonferrous Electrolysis Co., Ltd.

China

Tin

Guangdong Hanhe Non-Ferrous Metal Co., Ltd.

China

Tin

Huichang Jinshunda Tin Co., Ltd.

China

Tin

Jiangxi New Nanshan Technology Ltd.

China

Tin

Ma'anshan Weitai Tin Co., Ltd.

China

Tin

Malaysia Smelting Corporation (MSC)

Malaysia

Tin

Metallic Resources, Inc.

United States of America

Tin

Metallo Belgium N.V.

Belgium

Tin

Metallo Spain S.L.U.

Spain

Tin

Mineracao Taboca S.A.

Brazil

Tin

Minsur

Peru

Tin

Mitsubishi Materials Corporation

Japan

Tin

O.M. Manufacturing (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

Thailand

Tin

O.M. Manufacturing Philippines, Inc.

Philippines

Tin

Operaciones Metalurgicas S.A.

Bolivia

Tin

PT Artha Cipta Langgeng

Indonesia

Tin

PT ATD Makmur Mandiri Jaya

Indonesia

Tin

PT Menara Cipta Mulia

Indonesia

Tin

PT Mitra Stania Prima

Indonesia

Tin

PT Prima Timah Utama

Indonesia

Tin

PT Rajehan Ariq

Indonesia

Tin

PT Refined Bangka Tin

Indonesia

Tin

PT Timah Tbk Kundur

Indonesia

Tin

PT Timah Tbk Mentok

Indonesia

Tin

Rui Da Hung

Taiwan, Province Of China

Tin

Thai Nguyen Mining and Metallurgy Co., Ltd.

Vietnam

Tin

Thaisarco

Thailand

Tin

Tin Technology & Refining

United States of America

Tin

White Solder Metalurgia e Mineracao Ltda.

Brazil

Tin

Yunnan Chengfeng Non-ferrous Metals Co., Ltd.

China

Tin

Yunnan Tin Company Limited

China

Tungsten

A.L.M.T. Corp.

Japan

Tungsten

Chenzhou Diamond Tungsten Products Co., Ltd.

China

Tungsten

Chongyi Zhangyuan Tungsten Co., Ltd.

China

Tungsten

Ganzhou Huaxing Tungsten Products Co., Ltd.

China

Tungsten

Ganzhou Seadragon W & Mo Co., Ltd.

China

 

 

 

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Tungsten

Global Tungsten & Powders Corp.

United States of America

Tungsten

H.C. Starck Tungsten GmbH

Germany

Tungsten

Hunan Chunchang Nonferrous Metals Co., Ltd.

China

Tungsten

Japan New Metals Co., Ltd.

Japan

Tungsten

Jiangwu H.C. Starck Tungsten Products Co., Ltd.

China

Tungsten

Jiangxi Tonggu Non-ferrous Metallurgical & Chemical Co., Ltd.

China

Tungsten

Kennametal Huntsville

United States of America

Tungsten

Masan High-Tech Materials

Vietnam

Tungsten

Niagara Refining LLC

United States of America

Tungsten

Xiamen Tungsten (H.C.) Co., Ltd.

China

Tungsten

Xiamen Tungsten Co., Ltd.

China

 

 

 

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B. 3TG Countries of Origin

 

To draw reliable conclusions as to 3TG countries of origin, we have, in line with the OECD Guidance, relied on our suppliers’ use of the CMRT as a tool for querying and transmitting information along the 3TG supply chain. We also have relied, again in line with the OECD Guidance, on the RMI website as another valuable country-of-origin determination tool.

 

C. 3TG Mines or Locations of Origin

 

Based upon our experience, we have concluded that requiring our contracted suppliers to complete the CMRT represents the appropriate level of effort we can make at this time to identify the mines, smelters, and countries of origin of 3TGs contained in our products with the greatest possible specificity. To date, RMI has validated through facility audits that its conformant SORs are not sourcing 3TGs in a manner that contributes to armed conflict, even for those sourcing from mines or smelters located in the Covered Countries.

 

V. PROGRESS FROM 2020 Conflict Minerals Report

 

Diodes’ key 2021 accomplishments and progress are summarized below. We made considerable progress, although direct comparisons to the 2020 reporting period data are made difficult by supply chain complexities and year-to-year variances in the data pool.

 

• Due to the overall reduction in suppliers, changes in our suppliers and their sub-tier suppliers, additional information provided by suppliers, and changes in the status of smelters under the RMAP, the number of validated conformant smelters and refiners in Diodes’ supply chain decreased from 171 to 126.

 

• We found improved due diligence of our suppliers, which we attribute to the continuing efforts of RMI and adjustment of the industry to the conflict minerals reporting requirements.

 

VI. Risk Mitigation Efforts

 

We have taken, and continue, the following steps to improve the due diligence conducted to further mitigate any risk that the 3TGs in our products could benefit armed groups in the DRC or adjoining countries:

 

• Continue to refine and improve internal procedures and processes to enhance alignment with the OECD Guidance, including Diodes’ supplier escalation process.

 

• Continue to refine supplier data by conducting outreach where reported data is incomplete or uncertain and direct suppliers to reporting resources.

 

• Enhance the use of systems for improved tracking, evaluating and storing of supplier 3TG due diligence data.

 

• Participate in training and information webinars provided by customers and international organizations active in the conflict minerals compliance field.

 

 

 

 

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