Conflict Minerals Sourcing Policy
“Conflict minerals” originating from Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are sometimes mined and sold by armed groups to “finance conflict characterized by extreme levels of violence”. Some of these minerals and the metals created from them (such as tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold) can make their way into the supply chains of the products used around the world, including those in the electronics industry.
Virtium is committed to sourcing components and materials from companies that share our values around human rights, ethics and environmental responsibility.
Virtium expects its suppliers to commit to the EICC Code of Conduct which includes a provision related to the responsible sourcing of minerals. Pursuant to that Code of Conduct, suppliers must have a policy to reasonably assure that the tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold in the products they manufacture are DRC conflict free.
Virtium expects suppliers to establish their own due diligence program to ensure conflict-free supply chains. Suppliers must ensure that all parts used to manufacture products supplied to Virtium originated from certified conflict-free smelters validated as compliant to the EICC Conflict Free Smelter (CFS) protocol, using the CFS Compliant Smelter List.
RoHS, WEEE and REACH Compliance
Virtium manufactures halogen-free and lead-free memory module and solid state storage products in compliance with the European Union’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS) directive, which bans the use of cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants. Virtium also meets all WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) directive requirements as well as the new European REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemical substances) regulatory requirements.