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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 our suppliers source their minerals, derivatives of minerals and other raw materials in a manner that respects human rights and that they do not directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and/or adjoining countries. We require suppliers to certify that all materials and products supplied to Goodyear either: i) do not contain conflict minerals, such as tantalum, tin, tungsten or gold or ii) if they do, suppliers will cooperate with Goodyear to determine 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 or gold to fill out a Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT) twice a year. This also applies to any supplier with products containing cobalt, which we expect to add to our Supplier Code of Conduct requirements in 2021. 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.