Conflict Mineral Policy

In July of 2010, the United States Congress passed legislation (Dodd-Frank Act), requiring companies to report the use of “Conflict Minerals” in the manufacture of their products.  Conflict minerals in this context refer to specific minerals originating from mines controlled by armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or adjoining countries.

The specific metals in question are:

• Coltan (columbite tantalite) and its derivatives (Tantalum)
• Cassiterite and its derivatives (Tin)
• Wolframite and its derivative (Tungsten)
• Gold

Suttle, a Communication Systems Inc. company, is committed to complying with this legislation and plans to abide by forthcoming regulations to enable designation of all Suttle products as “Conflict Free”.

Based on our purchasing policy and supplier selection, it is considered highly unlikely that any conflict minerals are used in manufacturing our products.  Suttle has defined and started a due-diligence program to review our supply base, to ensure that this is indeed the case.

Further to the action mentioned above, Suttle will take the appropriate measures to fully comply with the regulations regarding conflict minerals and will support efforts by customers to reach our common goal to build a socially and responsible supply chain.

Duane Bicek
Director of Supply Chain – Suttle