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DRC CONFLICT FREE POLICY


The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) passed its proposed far-reaching draft regulation to implement the Conflict Mineral Law; this regulation was passed by the SEC on August 22, 2012. The law would require U.S. and foreign companies to report and make public the use of "conflict minerals" from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and its adjoining countries. The 9 adjoining countries are: Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Congo Republic (a different nation than DRC), Angola, Sudan, Central African Republic, Zambia and Uganda.



Sterling Business Forms, Inc. supports worldwide concerns that metals mined in conflict areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) may be making their way into the electronics supply chain. Sterling Business Forms, Inc. policy requires our supply chain partners to certify in writing that they do not knowingly procure Gold, Columbite-Tantalum, Wolframite or Cassiterite from conflict areas of the DRC. Sterling Business Forms, Inc. is continually surveying our supply chain regarding sourcing and procurement of Gold, Columbite-Tantalum, Wolframite and Cassiterite as well with their derivatives Tin, Tungsten and Tantalum. Due to traceability issues and the lack of mines or smelters effectively participating in the regulation Sterling Business Forms, Inc. cannot certify with 100% certainty that our supply chain is Conflict Free until supply chain transparency is more discernible.


Sterling Business Forms, Inc. is resolute in our commitment to manufacturing in a very clean and safe environment. We are committed to supporting our customers. Requirements with reference to the Conflict Mineral Law and all other programs concerned with protecting both users of our products and the environment.