Reporting Trace Amounts of Tin in Steel on a CMRT

Question Posed:

The Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT) asks about tin in steel. If a product contains tin in steel, does a supplier need to answer “Yes” to Question 1 regarding the presence of tin, tungsten, tantalum and/or gold (3TGs), or can they consider a product with tin in steel void of 3TGs?

Answer Provided:

If engineering estimates for the product indicate the product contains 3TGs, but only “trace-level contaminants or naturally-occurring by-products such as tin in steel”, a company can answer “No” to Question 1 of the CMRT. If this route is taken, I highly recommend explaining in the comments section why tin may be found in the product if tested, but this is considered out of scope of the CMRT’s line of questioning.


**Article contents valid as of 2019-03-18

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