Position Statement: Conflict Minerals
As part of Baxter’s commitment to sustainability, including its policy on protecting human rights in our own operations along with our supply chain, Baxter’s goal is to source raw materials that require the use of tin, tantalum, tungsten or gold (known as 3TG) from conflict-free sources.
Baxter expects its suppliers to have appropriate policies and due diligence measures in place that will allow us to reasonably determine if products and raw materials containing conflict minerals originate from conflict-free sources, including those from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and its surrounding areas. See Supplier Standards for more information.
In support of this Baxter has and will:
- Exercise due diligence of its relevant suppliers consistent with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas and expect those suppliers to do the same with their own suppliers,
- Engage and collaborate with its suppliers to work toward a DRC conflict-free supply chain for Baxter’s products, and
- In August 2015, Baxter launched it’s 2015 Conflict Minerals Program which includes the annual survey of at-risk direct suppliers, the number of which increased by 450% due to the inclusion of suppliers related to Baxter’s Gambro acquisition.
- In addition to annually surveying At-Risk direct suppliers in its supply chain, Baxter’s cross-functional Conflict Minerals Program Core Team compiled an initial Baxter CMRT (available to customers upon request at: [email protected]) and approved a Due Diligence and Risk Mitigation Plan to address ongoing collaborative corrective actions with suppliers identified as medium and high risk based on the results of the 2015 supplier survey. Collaboration with suppliers will help Baxter to show measurable improvement in ensuring that the company is sourcing 3TG responsibly and from conflict-free sources.
- Provide transparent progress updates of the implementation of its Conflict Minerals Program through the company’s website.
- Baxter also supports responsible sourcing of 3TG by participating as a member of the Conflict Free Sourcing Initiative and donating to this organization’s smelter audit program.
Baxter has filed a Form SD and Conflict Minerals Report with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for the year ended December 31, 2016.