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Stanley Black & Decker is committed to conducting business in an ethical, law-abiding manner. This includes our commitment to not only comply with all applicable laws and regulations but also to operating our business on a foundation of integrity, trust and respect throughout our supply chain. Along with governmental and non-governmental organizations, civil society and affected third parties, we are concerned about the potential human rights issues, such as forced labor, inhumane or cruel treatment, and child labor, associated with the mining of Conflict Minerals (defined as tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold) which are occurring in the Democratic Republic of Congo ("DRC") and adjoining countries (“DRC region”).

Stanley Black & Decker is cognizant of our obligations under Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act and is working with our suppliers to meet the due diligence and reporting requirements of Section 1502. As part of this process, we are helping our suppliers understand the due diligence steps they can take to investigate the source of any Conflict Minerals in the products they sell us. If, based on our due diligence, we determine there is a reasonable risk that Conflict Minerals in our products may be directly or indirectly linked to the financing of conflict in the DRC region, we will determine an appropriate course of action based on the facts and circumstances relating to the affected products. Such action may include but is not limited to, the suspension or termination of our relationship with particular suppliers.

Determining whether all products sold by Stanley Black & Decker are Conflict Free is a time consuming and difficult process. We manufacture and distribute thousands of products, many of which contain, or may contain, the minerals that have been defined as Conflict Minerals. We source the raw materials and component parts for the products we manufacture, as well as finished products, from thousands of other companies around the world. Stanley Black & Decker is and has been working with our suppliers to educate them regarding Stanley Black & Decker’s disclosure obligations under the Dodd-Frank Act and concerning steps they can take to obtain increased transparency regarding the origin of minerals contained in the products they supply to us.

Stanley Black & Decker has the following expectations of its suppliers:
  • suppliers should identify any products sold to Stanley Black & Decker that contain any Conflict Minerals which are not DRC Conflict Free;
  • suppliers should develop Conflict Minerals policies, due diligence frameworks, and management systems that are designed to prevent Conflict Minerals that are not DRC Conflict Free from being included in the products sold to Stanley Black & Decker; and
  • Stanley Black & Decker suppliers should source Conflict Minerals only from sources that are DRC conflict free.
In doing so, suppliers will be expected to:
  • implement and communicate to their personnel and suppliers policies that are consistent with this policy, and require their direct and indirect suppliers to do the same;
  • put in place procedures for the traceability of Conflict Minerals, working with their direct and indirect suppliers as applicable;
  • use reasonable efforts to source Conflict Minerals from smelters and refiners validated as being DRC Conflict Free, and require their direct and indirect suppliers to do the same;
  • advise Stanley Black & Decker of any determination that the supplier either has concluded or has a reasonable basis to believe the products it currently sells or has sold to Stanley Black & Decker are not DRC Conflict Free;
  • maintain reviewable business records supporting the source of Conflict Minerals; and
  • from time to time, at Stanley Black & Decker's request, provide Stanley Black & Decker with information concerning the origin of Conflict Minerals included in products sold to Stanley Black & Decker, which Stanley Black & Decker shall be entitled to use or disclose in satisfying any legal or regulatory requirements or in any customer or marketing communications, notwithstanding the terms of a confidentiality agreement that do not specifically reference this paragraph.
Suppliers also are encouraged to support industry efforts to enhance traceability and responsible practices in Conflict Minerals supply chains.

Consequences of supplier noncompliance

Stanley Black & Decker evaluates its relationships with its suppliers on an ongoing basis. Stanley Black & Decker reserves the right to evaluate the extent to which a supplier has failed to reasonably comply with this policy. Stanley Black & Decker also reserves the right to request additional documentation from suppliers regarding the origin of any Conflict Minerals included in any products sold to Stanley Black & Decker.

Suppliers who do not reasonably comply with this policy shall be reviewed by Stanley Black & Decker’s supply chain organization for future business.

In the event Stanley Black & Decker determines that the supplier’s efforts to comply with this policy have been deficient and the supplier fails to cooperate in developing and implementing reasonable remedial steps, Stanley Black & Decker reserves the right to take appropriate actions up to and including discontinuing purchases from the supplier. Nothing in this policy is intended to in any way grant any additional rights or expectations to any Stanley Black & Decker supplier or in any way modify or otherwise limit in any way any of Stanley Black & Decker's contractual or legal rights.

Grievance mechanism and reporting

Our employees, suppliers and other parties can report concerns and alleged violations of this policy as follows:
  1. Write us at Stanley Black & Decker: Stanley Black & Decker, Inc., Attn: Conflict Minerals Steering Committee, 1000 Stanley Drive, New Britain, CT 06053
  2. Email us at: conflictminerals@sbdinc.com
  3. Call us at: 877-795-2358
Reports can be made anonymously and will be kept confidential to the fullest extent practicable and allowed by law. We will not take any retaliatory action against our employees, suppliers or other parties who make a report in good faith. Our suppliers are encouraged to contact conflictminerals@sbdinc.com if they wish to seek guidance on the application of this policy.

Conclusion

Stanley Black & Decker fully understands the importance of this issue to its customers and is committed to supply chain initiatives and overall corporate social responsibility and sustainability efforts that work towards a DRC Conflict Free supply chain. We encourage all of our suppliers to likewise support these efforts.