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Goodyear does not directly purchase conflict minerals for use in our manufacturing processes; however, some of our tier 1 suppliers incorporate these minerals into components that we purchase from them, such as bead wire. Goodyear conducts due diligence on our supply chain to assess our exposure to risk due to conflict minerals.
Our Supplier Code of Conduct requires that suppliers source minerals, derivatives of minerals and other raw materials in compliance with applicable laws and regulations and in a manner that respects human rights, and that they avoid directly or indirectly financing or benefiting armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and/ or its adjoining countries. In addition, under the Code, suppliers are required, from time to time, (i) to certify that all materials and products supplied to Goodyear do not contain tantalum, tin, tungsten, gold or cobalt or (ii) if they do contain those elements, to cooperate with Goodyear to conduct appropriate due diligence, including determining the country of origin and the source (including the applicable smelter) and chain of custody of those elements.
To ensure compliance with our expectations, we also require any supplier with products containing tantalum, tin, tungsten, gold or cobalt to fill out a Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT) twice a year. We require suppliers to disclose the smelters for those products, and we are a member of the Responsible Minerals Initiative’s (RMI) Conflict-Free Smelter Program, an industry initiative that audits smelters’ due diligence activities. View our 2021 Conflict Minerals report here.