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Conflict Minerals

Conflict Minerals

Conflict minerals include tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold, also known as 3TG. Although Garmin does not directly purchase any raw 3TG minerals from our suppliers, we purchase component parts from our suppliers that could include 3TG derived from mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo or adjoining countries.

Garmin collaborates with others in industry through its participation in the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) (formerly known as the Conflict Free Sourcing Initiative), an initiative created to develop control systems regarding smelters and refiners through independently validated audits under the RMI's Responsible Minerals Assurance Process (RMAP). Through the RMAP, the RMI identifies smelters and refiners that produce conflict-free materials. The RMI uses specially trained, independent third-party auditors to verify that these smelters and refiners can be deemed conflict-free, then publishes a list of smelters and refiners that meet the standards of the audit online. In addition, RMI developed the Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT) to standardize the collection of conflict minerals information from suppliers throughout the industry’s supply chains.

Garmin expects each of our suppliers to perform the following:

  • Adopt a policy of responsible sourcing of minerals and pass this requirement through its supply chain.
  • Implement due diligence processes and mitigation plans to support that policy.
  • Comply with our Supplier Code of Conduct.
  • Use the Garmin Conflict Minerals Training Program to train and instruct applicable employees.
  • Source materials from socially responsible suppliers.
  • Complete and return the CMRT to us in a timely manner and provide us all other information we may request regarding the sourcing of minerals in products they supply.

If Garmin becomes aware of a supplier that is not in compliance with the supplier expectations set forth in this policy, then we will follow our escalation process and take the appropriate actions to remedy the situation, including possible discontinuance of the supplier relationship.

Suppliers and other external parties are encouraged to contact their regular sourcing channel or a Garmin representative if they wish to seek guidance on the application of this approach or if they wish to report suspected abuse. Suppliers, other external stakeholders and associates may report concerns related to the sourcing of 3TG in Garmin products to the Garmin conflict minerals team and chief compliance officer by emailing [email protected] or by mailing the following address:

Chief Compliance Officer
Garmin Ltd., Mühlentalstrasse 2
CH-8200, Switzerland