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Conflict Minerals”1 originating from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are sometimes mined and sold by armed groups to “finance conflict characterized by extreme levels of violence”.2 Some of these minerals and 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. Network Sciences suppliers acquire and use minerals from multiple sources worldwide.  As part of Network Sciences commitment to corporate responsibility and respecting human rights in our own operation and in our global supply chain, it is Network Sciences goal to seek to use tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold in our products that are “DRC conflict free”3 while continuing to support responsible in-region mineral sourcing from the DRC and adjoining countries.

Network Sciences expects our suppliers to have in place policies and due diligence measures that will enable us to reasonably assure that products and components supplied to us containing conflict minerals are DRC conflict free, Network sciences expects our suppliers to comply with the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) Code of Conduct and conduct their business in alignment with Network Sciences supply chain responsibility expectations.

In support of this policy, Network Sciences will:

 Exercise due diligence with revenant suppliers consistent with the OECD Due Diligence

 Provide, and expect our suppliers to cooperate in providing, due diligence information to confirm the tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold in our supply chain is DRC conflict free.

 Collaborate with our suppliers and other on industry-wide solutions to enable products that are DRC conflict free.

 Commit to transparency in the implementation of this policy by making available reports on our progress to relevant stakeholders and the public.

To provide feedback on the content or execution of this policy, please contact Network Sciences through the following nswebmstr@networkscience.com


Conflict minerals are columbite-tantalite (coltan), cassiterite, gold, wolframite, or their derivatives as defined in Dodd-Frank Act section 1502 and SEC rule 13p-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

2 Dodd-Frank Act section 1502.

3 DRC conflict free “means that a product does not contain conflict minerals necessary to the functionality or production of that produce that directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed groups” as defined SEC Rule 13p-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.