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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
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FORM SD

Specialized Disclosure Report
_____________________________________________
  
BLUE BIRD CORPORATION
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 
 
Delaware
 
001-036267
 
46-3891989
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
 
(Commission
File Number)
 
(IRS Employer
Identification No.)
 
3920 Arkwright Road
Macon, Georgia
 
31210
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
(Zip Code)

Paul Yousif
 
(478) 822-2801
(Name and telephone number, including area code, of the person to contact in connection with this report.)
Check the appropriate box to indicate the rule pursuant to which this form is being filed, and provide the period to which the information in this form applies:
 
     
Rule 13p-1 under the Securities Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13p-1) for the reporting period from January 1 to December 31, 2017.











INFORMATION TO BE INCLUDED IN THE REPORT

Section 1 - Conflict Minerals Disclosure
Item 1.01 Conflict Minerals Disclosure and Report
In accordance with the disclosure requirements promulgated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Blue Bird Corporation (the “Company”) has undertaken efforts to determine its conflict minerals The term “conflict mineral” is defined in Section 1502(e)(4) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act as (A) columbite-tantalite, also known as coltan (the metal ore from which tantalum is extracted); cassiterite (the metal ore from which tin is extracted); gold; wolframite (the metal ore from which tungsten is extracted); or their derivatives; or (B) any other mineral or its derivatives determined by the Secretary of State to be financing conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (“DRC”) or an adjoining country. reporting requirements for the period from January 1 to December 31, 2017.
The Company has filed this Specialized Disclosure Report and the associated Conflict Minerals Report, which appears as Exhibit 1.01 hereto and is publicly available on the Company’s website at http://investors.blue-bird.com/docs.aspx?iid=4042668.
Item 1.02 Exhibit
The Company’s Conflict Minerals Report is provided as Exhibit 1.01 hereto.
Section 2 - Exhibits
Item 2.01 Exhibits
The following exhibit is filed as part of this report.
Exhibit 1.01 - Blue Bird Corporation’s Conflict Minerals Report for the period January 1 to December 31, 2017.

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SIGNATURE
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the duly authorized undersigned.
 
Blue Bird Corporation
By:
/s/ Paul Yousif
 
Date: May 30, 2018
 
Paul Yousif
 
 
 
General Counsel and Corporate Treasurer, Corporate Secretary
 
 

 
1 The term “conflict mineral” is defined in Section 1502(e)(4) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act as (A) columbite-tantalite, also known as coltan (the metal ore from which tantalum is extracted); cassiterite (the metal ore from which tin is extracted); gold; wolframite (the metal ore from which tungsten is extracted); or their derivatives; or (B) any other mineral or its derivatives determined by the Secretary of State to be financing conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (“DRC”) or an adjoining country.



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Section 2: EX-1.01 (EXHIBIT 1.01)

Exhibit
Exhibit 1.01

CONFLICT MINERALS REPORT OF
BLUE BIRD CORPORATION
FOR THE REPORTING PERIOD FROM
JANUARY 1 TO DECEMBER 31, 2017



I.
Introduction
This is the Conflict Minerals1 Report of Blue Bird Corporation (“we,” “our,” “us,” or the “Company”) prepared for calendar year 2017 in accordance with Rule 13p-1 (“Rule 13p-1”) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Act”). Numerous terms in this Report are defined in Rule 13p-1 of the Act and SEC Release No. 34-67716 (August 22, 2012) under the Act (the “Adopting Release”). The reader is referred to these sources for the definitions of defined terms contained herein.
In accordance with Rule 13p-1, we undertook efforts to determine the presence and source of the conflict minerals within our products. The Company designed its efforts in conformity with the internationally recognized due diligence framework set forth in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (“OECD”) Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas2 (“OECD Due Diligence Guidance”) and related Supplements.
The statements below are based on the activities performed to date in good faith by the Company and are based on the infrastructure and information available at the time of this filing. Factors that could affect the accuracy of these statements include, but are not limited to, incomplete supplier data or available smelter data, errors or omissions by suppliers or smelters, evolving identification of smelters, incomplete information from industry or other third-party sources, continuing guidance regarding the SEC final rules, and other issues.
II.
Overview

Company Profile

We are the leading independent designer and manufacturer of school buses, with more than 550,000 buses sold since our formation in 1927 and approximately 180,000 buses in operation today.

We are subject to this rule as we have determined that, during 2017, conflict minerals were likely necessary to the functionality or production of products we manufactured or contracted to manufacture. The Company, as a purchaser of component parts, is many steps removed from the mining of conflict minerals. We do not purchase raw ore or unrefined conflict minerals and we conduct no purchasing activities directly in the DRC or adjoining countries.

Conflict Minerals Policy
The Company developed a policy statement to support the goals expressed by Congress in enacting Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The policy highlights the Company’s commitment to complying with the reporting and due diligence obligations required by the SEC rule and the Company’s expectations from its suppliers. In addition, the policy includes language encouraging suppliers to source responsibly. The policy resides on our corporate website (http://investors.blue-bird.com/govdocs.aspx?iid=4042668).
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1 The term “conflict mineral” is defined in Section 1502(e)(4) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act as (A) columbite-tantalite, also known as coltan (the metal ore from which tantalum is extracted); cassiterite (the metal ore from which tin is extracted); gold; wolframite (the metal ore from which tungsten is extracted); or their derivatives; or (B) any other mineral or its derivatives determined by the Secretary of State to be financing conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (“DRC”) or an adjoining country.
2 OECD (2016), OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas: Third Edition, OECD Publishing, Paris. http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/9789264252479-en

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Exhibit 1.01

Reasonable Country of Origin Inquiry Information
We have conducted a good faith reasonable country of origin inquiry (“RCOI”) to determine whether the necessary conflict minerals originated in the DRC or an adjoining country or came from recycled or scrap sources. The Company’s RCOI process included reviewing the products manufactured or contracted to be manufactured during the Reporting Period to identify products that should be deemed in-scope as described by the Adopting Release and conducting an inquiry of our direct suppliers of the in-scope products using the Responsible Minerals Initiative’s (“RMI”) Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (“CMRT”). Based on the results of our RCOI which indicated sourcing from the DRC or an adjoining country, we exercised due diligence on the source and chain of custody of the conflict minerals in accordance with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance. Our due diligence efforts are discussed further in this Conflict Minerals Report.

Due Diligence Program Design

The Company designed its conflict minerals program to conform, in all material respects, with the five-step framework of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance, the Supplement on Tin, Tantalum, and Tungsten, and the Supplement on Gold, specifically as they relate to our position in the minerals supply chain as a “downstream” company:
Step 1:     Establish strong Company management systems
Step 2:     Identify and assess risks in the supply chain
Step 3:     Design and implement a strategy to respond to identified risks
Step 4:    Carry out independent third-party audit of smelter/refiner's due diligence practices
Step 5:     Report annually on supply chain due diligence
III.
Due Diligence Measures Performed by The Company

The following describes the measures taken to reasonably determine the country of origin and to exercise due diligence in the mineral supply chain in conformance with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance.

Step 1: Establish strong Company management systems

a.
Conflict minerals team - The Company established a conflict minerals team that includes individuals from the relevant business units and departments, including compliance, finance, procurement, sales, and legal. The team was structured to include the involvement from those in upper management roles to ensure that critical information, including the Company’s conflict minerals policy, reached relevant employees and suppliers.
b.
Conflict minerals policy - The Company adopted and published a policy establishing the expectations of our suppliers. The policy resides on our corporate website.
c.
Internal engagement - We developed a training program to educate employees on our conflict minerals process, the goals of our program, and our reporting obligations as a supplier and a public filer.
d.
Supplier engagement - The Company communicated its conflict minerals policy and provided educational materials to our in-scope suppliers. Suppliers were informed when the request for information was initiated on the conflict minerals disclosure requirements as well as recommendations for developing, implementing, and documenting a conflict minerals compliance program. Stakeholders can communicate directly and confidentially with our compliance officer.
e.
Company level grievance mechanism - As recommended by the OECD Due Diligence Guidance, the Company has a grievance mechanism in place as a risk-awareness system for conflict minerals issues.
f.
Records management - The Company will maintain records relating to our conflict minerals program in accordance with the recommended record retention guidelines of five years.
Step 2: Identify and assess risks in the supply chain
We performed the following steps as part of our risk assessment process:
a.
Identified products in scope - Our conflict minerals team conducted a detailed review of the products manufactured or contracted to be manufactured during the Reporting Period to identify products that should be deemed in-scope as described by the Adopting Release.
b.
Conducted RCOI - The Company utilized the industry-developed CMRT to query our suppliers for conflict minerals information. We requested this information from the Tier 1 suppliers who provide materials and components for the products deemed in-scope by our conflict minerals team. We evaluated the responses from the templates submitted by our suppliers to determine our reporting obligation based on this RCOI. See Appendix I for a list of countries of origin identified through the RCOI process.

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Exhibit 1.01

c.
Completed additional follow-up - The Company contacted direct suppliers that did not respond to our request for conflict minerals information by the requested date. We also worked to clarify and validate the accuracy of information provided by our suppliers.
d.
Identified smelters or refiners (“SORs”) - The Company compiled a list of SORs in our supply chain using our suppliers’ responses in their CMRTs. The Company reconciled this list to the list of smelter facilities designated by the RMI’s Responsible Minerals Assurance Process (“RMAP”). The RMAP completes independent, third-party audits of smelters and refiners to determine which can be validated as having systems in place that ensure the minerals are responsibly sourced according to the OECD Due Diligence Guidance. We have provided that list in this report.
Step 3: Design and implement a strategy to respond to identified risks
We performed the following steps as part of our risk management plan:
a.
Designed and implemented a plan - The Company used established risk rating criteria to evaluate suppliers based on the responses provided within their CMRT, as well as any additional documentation furnished to support those responses and the suppliers’ due diligence processes. In the coming year, the resulting risk ratings will be used to develop specific supplier outreach and training to address the identified risks and to take corrective actions with suppliers found not in compliance with the Company’s conflict minerals policy.
b.
Verified SORs - As part of the risk mitigation process, the Company reconciled the list of SORs collected from suppliers to the list of smelter facilities validated by the RMI.
Step 4: Carry out independent third-party audit of smelter/refiner's due diligence practices
The Company is using information provided by independent third party audit programs, including the RMI, London Bullion Market Association (LBMA), and Responsible Jewelry Council (RJC), to confirm the existence and verify the OECD-conformance status of SORs identified during our due diligence.
For smelters that had not been audited as conformant, the Company sent a communication to encourage participation in the RMAP.
Step 5: Report annually on supply chain due diligence
Accordingly, this Conflict Minerals Report has been filed with the SEC and is available on our website at http://investors.blue-bird.com/docs.aspx?iid=4042668.
IV.
Product Description; Processing Facilities
Product Description - We review and present our business in two reportable segments (“segments”) - buses and aftermarket parts.

Bus Segment

We design, engineer, manufacture and sell three types of buses (Type C school buses, Type D school buses and specialty buses). Each of our Type C and Type D buses is manufactured and assembled on its own dedicated purpose-built chassis in Fort Valley, Georgia. Regardless of specifications, all school bus bodies that we manufacture include our signature 14-gauge one piece steel bows roof system, complemented by a rugged and sturdy floor structure.
 
Specialty buses include school buses that are converted to suit applications required by the United States Government, state and local governments and various customers for commercial and export markets. We also sell a “Sigma” bus that is developed for public transportation using our school bus chassis and a purpose-built body supplied by Autopartes Y Components, S.A. (“AYCO”) in Mexico. The “Sigma” bus is sold primarily to customers in Central and South America.

The Blue Bird Micro Bird by Girardin Type A bus is produced through Micro Bird Holdings, Inc., an unconsolidated Canadian joint venture with Groupe Autobus Girardin LTEE (“Micro Bird”), and is sold through our dealer network. This is a smaller bus than the Type C or Type D bus and is produced on a chassis provided by either Ford or GM.

Aftermarket Parts

Aftermarket parts are key for routine maintenance, replacement of parts that are damaged in service and replacement of parts that suffer from wear and tear through the useful life of the vehicle.

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Exhibit 1.01

Processing Facilities - Based on our due diligence process and the information received from our suppliers, the following facilities were identified by the Company’s suppliers as the smelters and refiners of the tin, tantalum, tungsten and/or gold present in and necessary to the functionality of products manufactured by the Company in the Reporting Period. The information from our suppliers is still evolving and may contain company-level declarations. As such, this smelter list is presented in good faith as the best information we have to date. This list may contain smelters that are not in our supply chain and/or there may be other smelters not yet identified in our due diligence process. We will continue to update the list as our information and the relevant third-party data from RMI, LBMA, and RJC improves.
Metal
Standard Smelter Name
Country
Smelter ID
Gold
Advanced Chemical Company
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
CID000015
Gold
African Gold Refinery
UGANDA
CID003185
Gold
Aida Chemical Industries Co., Ltd.
JAPAN
CID000019
Gold
Al Etihad Gold Refinery DMCC
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
CID002560
Gold
Allgemeine Gold-und Silberscheideanstalt A.G.
GERMANY
CID000035
Gold
Almalyk Mining and Metallurgical Complex (AMMC)
UZBEKISTAN
CID000041
Gold
AngloGold Ashanti Corrego do Sitio Mineracao
BRAZIL
CID000058
Gold
Argor-Heraeus S.A.
SWITZERLAND
CID000077
Gold
Asahi Pretec Corp.
JAPAN
CID000082
Gold
Asahi Refining Canada Ltd.
CANADA
CID000924
Gold
Asahi Refining USA Inc.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
CID000920
Gold
Asaka Riken Co., Ltd.
JAPAN
CID000090
Gold
AU Traders and Refiners
SOUTH AFRICA
CID002850
Gold
Aurubis AG
GERMANY
CID000113
Gold
Bangalore Refinery
INDIA
CID002863
Gold
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (Central Bank of the Philippines)
PHILIPPINES
CID000128
Gold
Boliden AB
SWEDEN
CID000157
Gold
C. Hafner GmbH + Co. KG
GERMANY
CID000176
Gold
Caridad
MEXICO
CID000180
Gold
Cendres + Metaux S.A.
SWITZERLAND
CID000189
Gold
Chimet S.p.A.
ITALY
CID000233
Gold
Chugai Mining
JAPAN
CID000264
Gold
Daejin Indus Co., Ltd.
KOREA, REPUBLIC OF
CID000328
Gold
Daye Non-Ferrous Metals Mining Ltd.
CHINA
CID000343
Gold
Degussa Sonne / Mond Goldhandel GmbH
GERMANY
CID002867
Gold
DODUCO Contacts and Refining GmbH
GERMANY
CID000362
Gold
Dowa
JAPAN
CID000401
Gold
DS PRETECH Co., Ltd.
KOREA, REPUBLIC OF
CID003195
Gold
DSC (Do Sung Corporation)
KOREA, REPUBLIC OF
CID000359
Gold
Eco-System Recycling Co., Ltd.
JAPAN
CID000425
Gold
Emirates Gold DMCC
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
CID002561
Gold
GCC Gujrat Gold Centre Pvt. Ltd.
INDIA
CID002852
Gold
Geib Refining Corporation
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
CID002459
Gold
Gold Refinery of Zijin Mining Group Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID002243
Gold
Great Wall Precious Metals Co., Ltd. of CBPM
CHINA
CID001909
Gold
Guangdong Jinding Gold Limited
CHINA
CID002312
Gold
Hangzhou Fuchunjiang Smelting Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID000671
Gold
HeeSung Metal Ltd.
KOREA, REPUBLIC OF
CID000689
Gold
Heimerle + Meule GmbH
GERMANY
CID000694
Gold
Heraeus Metals Hong Kong Ltd.
CHINA
CID000707
Gold
Heraeus Precious Metals GmbH & Co. KG
GERMANY
CID000711
Gold
Hunan Chenzhou Mining Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID000767
Gold
HwaSeong CJ CO., LTD.
KOREA, REPUBLIC OF
CID000778
Gold
Inner Mongolia Qiankun Gold and Silver Refinery Share Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID000801
Gold
Ishifuku Metal Industry Co., Ltd.
JAPAN
CID000807

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Exhibit 1.01

Metal
Standard Smelter Name
Country
Smelter ID
Gold
Istanbul Gold Refinery
TURKEY
CID000814
Gold
Italpreziosi
ITALY
CID002765
Gold
Japan Mint
JAPAN
CID000823
Gold
Jiangxi Copper Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID000855
Gold
JSC Uralelectromed
RUSSIAN FEDERATION
CID000929
Gold
JX Nippon Mining & Metals Co., Ltd.
JAPAN
CID000937
Gold
Kazakhmys Smelting LLC
KAZAKHSTAN
CID000956
Gold
Kazzinc
KAZAKHSTAN
CID000957
Gold
Kennecott Utah Copper LLC
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
CID000969
Gold
KGHM Polska Miedz Spolka Akcyjna
POLAND
CID002511
Gold
Kojima Chemicals Co., Ltd.
JAPAN
CID000981
Gold
Korea Zinc Co., Ltd.
KOREA, REPUBLIC OF
CID002605
Gold
Kyrgyzaltyn JSC
KYRGYZSTAN
CID001029
Gold
Kyshtym Copper-Electrolytic Plant ZAO
RUSSIAN FEDERATION
CID002865
Gold
Lingbao Gold Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID001056
Gold
Lingbao Jinyuan Tonghui Refinery Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID001058
Gold
L'Orfebre S.A.
ANDORRA
CID002762
Gold
LS-NIKKO Copper Inc.
KOREA, REPUBLIC OF
CID001078
Gold
Luoyang Zijin Yinhui Gold Refinery Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID001093
Gold
Marsam Metals
BRAZIL
CID002606
Gold
Materion
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
CID001113
Gold
Matsuda Sangyo Co., Ltd.
JAPAN
CID001119
Gold
Metalor Technologies (Hong Kong) Ltd.
CHINA
CID001149
Gold
Metalor Technologies (Singapore) Pte., Ltd.
SINGAPORE
CID001152
Gold
Metalor Technologies (Suzhou) Ltd.
CHINA
CID001147
Gold
Metalor Technologies S.A.
SWITZERLAND
CID001153
Gold
Metalor USA Refining Corporation
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
CID001157
Gold
Metalurgica Met-Mex Penoles S.A. De C.V.
MEXICO
CID001161
Gold
Mitsubishi Materials Corporation
JAPAN
CID001188
Gold
Mitsui Mining and Smelting Co., Ltd.
JAPAN
CID001193
Gold
MMTC-PAMP India Pvt., Ltd.
INDIA
CID002509
Gold
Modeltech Sdn Bhd
MALAYSIA
CID002857
Gold
Morris and Watson
NEW ZEALAND
CID002282
Gold
Morris and Watson Gold Coast
AUSTRALIA
CID002866
Gold
Moscow Special Alloys Processing Plant
RUSSIAN FEDERATION
CID001204
Gold
Nadir Metal Rafineri San. Ve Tic. A.S.
TURKEY
CID001220
Gold
Navoi Mining and Metallurgical Combinat
UZBEKISTAN
CID001236
Gold
NH Recytech Company
KOREA, REPUBLIC OF
CID003189
Gold
Nihon Material Co., Ltd.
JAPAN
CID001259
Gold
Ogussa Osterreichische Gold- und Silber-Scheideanstalt GmbH
AUSTRIA
CID002779
Gold
Ohura Precious Metal Industry Co., Ltd.
JAPAN
CID001325
Gold
OJSC "The Gulidov Krasnoyarsk Non-Ferrous Metals Plant" (OJSC Krastsvetmet)
RUSSIAN FEDERATION
CID001326
Gold
OJSC Novosibirsk Refinery
RUSSIAN FEDERATION
CID000493
Gold
PAMP S.A.
SWITZERLAND
CID001352
Gold
Pease & Curren
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
CID002872
Gold
Penglai Penggang Gold Industry Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID001362
Gold
Planta Recuperadora de Metales SpA
CHILE
CID002919
Gold
Prioksky Plant of Non-Ferrous Metals
RUSSIAN FEDERATION
CID001386
Gold
PT Aneka Tambang (Persero) Tbk
INDONESIA
CID001397
Gold
PX Precinox S.A.
SWITZERLAND
CID001498
Gold
Rand Refinery (Pty) Ltd.
SOUTH AFRICA
CID001512
Gold
Refinery of Seemine Gold Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID000522
Gold
Remondis Argentia B.V.
NETHERLANDS
CID002582

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Exhibit 1.01

Metal
Standard Smelter Name
Country
Smelter ID
Gold
Republic Metals Corporation
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
CID002510
Gold
Royal Canadian Mint
CANADA
CID001534
Gold
SAAMP
FRANCE
CID002761
Gold
Sabin Metal Corp.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
CID001546
Gold
Safimet S.p.A
ITALY
CID002973
Gold
Sai Refinery
INDIA
CID002853
Gold
Samduck Precious Metals
KOREA, REPUBLIC OF
CID001555
Gold
Samwon Metals Corp.
KOREA, REPUBLIC OF
CID001562
Gold
SAXONIA Edelmetalle GmbH
GERMANY
CID002777
Gold
SEMPSA Joyeria Plateria S.A.
SPAIN
CID001585
Gold
Shandong Tiancheng Biological Gold Industrial Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID001619
Gold
Shandong Zhaojin Gold & Silver Refinery Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID001622
Gold
Sichuan Tianze Precious Metals Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID001736
Gold
Singway Technology Co., Ltd.
TAIWAN, PROVINCE OF CHINA
CID002516
Gold
SOE Shyolkovsky Factory of Secondary Precious Metals
RUSSIAN FEDERATION
CID001756
Gold
Solar Applied Materials Technology Corp.
TAIWAN, PROVINCE OF CHINA
CID001761
Gold
State Research Institute Center for Physical Sciences and Technology
LITHUANIA
CID003153
Gold
Sudan Gold Refinery
SUDAN
CID002567
Gold
Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., Ltd.
JAPAN
CID001798
Gold
SungEel HiMetal Co., Ltd.
KOREA, REPUBLIC OF
CID002918
Gold
T.C.A S.p.A
ITALY
CID002580
Gold
Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo K.K.
JAPAN
CID001875
Gold
The Refinery of Shandong Gold Mining Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID001916
Gold
Tokuriki Honten Co., Ltd.
JAPAN
CID001938
Gold
Tongling Nonferrous Metals Group Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID001947
Gold
TOO Tau-Ken-Altyn
KAZAKHSTAN
CID002615
Gold
Torecom
KOREA, REPUBLIC OF
CID001955
Gold
Umicore Brasil Ltda.
BRAZIL
CID001977
Gold
Umicore Precious Metals Thailand
THAILAND
CID002314
Gold
Umicore S.A. Business Unit Precious Metals Refining
BELGIUM
CID001980
Gold
United Precious Metal Refining, Inc.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
CID001993
Gold
Universal Precious Metals Refining Zambia
ZAMBIA
CID002854
Gold
Valcambi S.A.
SWITZERLAND
CID002003
Gold
Western Australian Mint (T/a The Perth Mint)
AUSTRALIA
CID002030
Gold
WIELAND Edelmetalle GmbH
GERMANY
CID002778
Gold
Yamakin Co., Ltd.
JAPAN
CID002100
Gold
Yokohama Metal Co., Ltd.
JAPAN
CID002129
Gold
Yunnan Copper Industry Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID000197
Gold
Zhongyuan Gold Smelter of Zhongjin Gold Corporation
CHINA
CID002224
Tantalum
Asaka Riken Co., Ltd.
JAPAN
CID000092
Tantalum
Changsha South Tantalum Niobium Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID000211
Tantalum
D Block Metals, LLC
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
CID002504
Tantalum
Exotech Inc.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
CID000456
Tantalum
F&X Electro-Materials Ltd.
CHINA
CID000460
Tantalum
FIR Metals & Resource Ltd.
CHINA
CID002505
Tantalum
Global Advanced Metals Aizu
JAPAN
CID002558
Tantalum
Global Advanced Metals Boyertown
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
CID002557
Tantalum
Guangdong Rising Rare Metals-EO Materials Ltd.
CHINA
CID000291
Tantalum
Guangdong Zhiyuan New Material Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID000616
Tantalum
H.C. Starck Co., Ltd.
THAILAND
CID002544
Tantalum
H.C. Starck Hermsdorf GmbH
GERMANY
CID002547
Tantalum
H.C. Starck Inc.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
CID002548
Tantalum
H.C. Starck Ltd.
JAPAN
CID002549

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Exhibit 1.01

Metal
Standard Smelter Name
Country
Smelter ID
Tantalum
H.C. Starck Smelting GmbH & Co. KG
GERMANY
CID002550
Tantalum
H.C. Starck Tantalum and Niobium GmbH
GERMANY
CID002545
Tantalum
Hengyang King Xing Lifeng New Materials Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID002492
Tantalum
Jiangxi Dinghai Tantalum & Niobium Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID002512
Tantalum
Jiangxi Tuohong New Raw Material
CHINA
CID002842
Tantalum
Jiujiang Janny New Material Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID003191
Tantalum
JiuJiang JinXin Nonferrous Metals Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID000914
Tantalum
Jiujiang Tanbre Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID000917
Tantalum
Jiujiang Zhongao Tantalum & Niobium Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID002506
Tantalum
KEMET Blue Metals
MEXICO
CID002539
Tantalum
KEMET Blue Powder
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
CID002568
Tantalum
LSM Brasil S.A.
BRAZIL
CID001076
Tantalum
Metallurgical Products India Pvt., Ltd.
INDIA
CID001163
Tantalum
Mineracao Taboca S.A.
BRAZIL
CID001175
Tantalum
Mitsui Mining and Smelting Co., Ltd.
JAPAN
CID001192
Tantalum
Ningxia Orient Tantalum Industry Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID001277
Tantalum
NPM Silmet AS
ESTONIA
CID001200
Tantalum
Power Resources Ltd.
MACEDONIA, THE FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF
CID002847
Tantalum
QuantumClean
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
CID001508
Tantalum
Resind Industria e Comercio Ltda.
BRAZIL
CID002707
Tantalum
RFH Tantalum Smeltery Co., Ltd./Yanling Jincheng Tantalum & Niobium Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID001522
Tantalum
Solikamsk Magnesium Works OAO
RUSSIAN FEDERATION
CID001769
Tantalum
Taki Chemical Co., Ltd.
JAPAN
CID001869
Tantalum
Telex Metals
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
CID001891
Tantalum
Ulba Metallurgical Plant JSC
KAZAKHSTAN
CID001969
Tantalum
XinXing HaoRong Electronic Material Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID002508
Tin
Alpha
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
CID000292
Tin
An Vinh Joint Stock Mineral Processing Company
VIET NAM
CID002703
Tin
Chenzhou Yunxiang Mining and Metallurgy Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID000228
Tin
Chifeng Dajingzi Tin Industry Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID003190
Tin
China Tin Group Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID001070
Tin
CNMC (Guangxi) PGMA Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID000278
Tin
CV Ayi Jaya
INDONESIA
CID002570
Tin
CV Dua Sekawan
INDONESIA
CID002592
Tin
CV Gita Pesona
INDONESIA
CID000306
Tin
CV United Smelting
INDONESIA
CID000315
Tin
CV Venus Inti Perkasa
INDONESIA
CID002455
Tin
Dowa
JAPAN
CID000402
Tin
EM Vinto
BOLIVIA (PLURINATIONAL STATE OF)
CID000438
Tin
Estanho de Rondonia S.A.
BRAZIL
CID000448
Tin
Fenix Metals
POLAND
CID000468
Tin
Gejiu Fengming Metallurgy Chemical Plant
CHINA
CID002848
Tin
Gejiu Jinye Mineral Company
CHINA
CID002859
Tin
Gejiu Kai Meng Industry and Trade LLC
CHINA
CID000942
Tin
Gejiu Non-Ferrous Metal Processing Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID000538
Tin
Gejiu Yunxin Nonferrous Electrolysis Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID001908
Tin
Gejiu Zili Mining And Metallurgy Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID000555
Tin
Guangdong Hanhe Non-Ferrous Metal Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID003116
Tin
Guanyang Guida Nonferrous Metal Smelting Plant
CHINA
CID002849
Tin
HuiChang Hill Tin Industry Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID002844
Tin
Huichang Jinshunda Tin Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID000760
Tin
Jiangxi Ketai Advanced Material Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID000244
Tin
Jiangxi New Nanshan Technology Ltd.
CHINA
CID001231

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Exhibit 1.01

Metal
Standard Smelter Name
Country
Smelter ID
Tin
Magnu's Minerais Metais e Ligas Ltda.
BRAZIL
CID002468
Tin
Malaysia Smelting Corporation (MSC)
MALAYSIA
CID001105
Tin
Melt Metais e Ligas S.A.
BRAZIL
CID002500
Tin
Metallic Resources, Inc.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
CID001142
Tin
Metallo Belgium N.V.
BELGIUM
CID002773
Tin
Metallo Spain S.L.U.
SPAIN
CID002774
Tin
Mineracao Taboca S.A.
BRAZIL
CID001173
Tin
Minsur
PERU
CID001182
Tin
Mitsubishi Materials Corporation
JAPAN
CID001191
Tin
Modeltech Sdn Bhd
MALAYSIA
CID002858
Tin
Nghe Tinh Non-Ferrous Metals Joint Stock Company
VIET NAM
CID002573
Tin
O.M. Manufacturing (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
THAILAND
CID001314
Tin
O.M. Manufacturing Philippines, Inc.
PHILIPPINES
CID002517
Tin
Operaciones Metalurgical S.A.
BOLIVIA (PLURINATIONAL STATE OF)
CID001337
Tin
Pongpipat Company Limited
MYANMAR
CID003208
Tin
PT Aries Kencana Sejahtera
INDONESIA
CID000309
Tin
PT Artha Cipta Langgeng
INDONESIA
CID001399
Tin
PT ATD Makmur Mandiri Jaya
INDONESIA
CID002503
Tin
PT Babel Inti Perkasa
INDONESIA
CID001402
Tin
PT Babel Surya Alam Lestari
INDONESIA
CID001406
Tin
PT Bangka Prima Tin
INDONESIA
CID002776
Tin
PT Bangka Serumpun
INDONESIA
CID003205
Tin
PT Bangka Tin Industry
INDONESIA
CID001419
Tin
PT Belitung Industri Sejahtera
INDONESIA
CID001421
Tin
PT Bukit Timah
INDONESIA
CID001428
Tin
PT DS Jaya Abadi
INDONESIA
CID001434
Tin
PT Eunindo Usaha Mandiri
INDONESIA
CID001438
Tin
PT Inti Stania Prima
INDONESIA
CID002530
Tin
PT Karimun Mining
INDONESIA
CID001448
Tin
PT Kijang Jaya Mandiri
INDONESIA
CID002829
Tin
PT Lautan Harmonis Sejahtera
INDONESIA
CID002870
Tin
PT Menara Cipta Mulia
INDONESIA
CID002835
Tin
PT Mitra Stania Prima
INDONESIA
CID001453
Tin
PT Panca Mega Persada
INDONESIA
CID001457
Tin
PT Premium Tin Indonesia
INDONESIA
CID000313
Tin
PT Prima Timah Utama
INDONESIA
CID001458
Tin
PT Rajehan Ariq
INDONESIA
CID002593
Tin
PT Refined Bangka Tin
INDONESIA
CID001460
Tin
PT Sariwiguna Binasentosa
INDONESIA
CID001463
Tin
PT Stanindo Inti Perkasa
INDONESIA
CID001468
Tin
PT Sukses Inti Makmur
INDONESIA
CID002816
Tin
PT Sumber Jaya Indah
INDONESIA
CID001471
Tin
PT Timah (Persero) Tbk Kundur
INDONESIA
CID001477
Tin
PT Timah (Persero) Tbk Mentok
INDONESIA
CID001482
Tin
PT Tinindo Inter Nusa
INDONESIA
CID001490
Tin
PT Tommy Utama
INDONESIA
CID001493
Tin
Resind Industria e Comercio Ltda.
BRAZIL
CID002706
Tin
Rui Da Hung
TAIWAN, PROVINCE OF CHINA
CID001539
Tin
Soft Metais Ltda.
BRAZIL
CID001758
Tin
Super Ligas
BRAZIL
CID002756
Tin
Thaisarco
THAILAND
CID001898
Tin
Tuyen Quang Non-Ferrous Metals Joint Stock Company
VIET NAM
CID002574
Tin
White Solder Metalurgia e Mineracao Ltda.
BRAZIL
CID002036

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Exhibit 1.01

Metal
Standard Smelter Name
Country
Smelter ID
Tin
Yunnan Chengfeng Non-ferrous Metals Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID002158
Tin
Yunnan Tin Company Limited
CHINA
CID002180
Tungsten
A.L.M.T. TUNGSTEN Corp.
JAPAN
CID000004
Tungsten
ACL Metais Eireli
BRAZIL
CID002833
Tungsten
Asia Tungsten Products Vietnam Ltd.
VIET NAM
CID002502
Tungsten
Chenzhou Diamond Tungsten Products Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID002513
Tungsten
Chongyi Zhangyuan Tungsten Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID000258
Tungsten
Fujian Jinxin Tungsten Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID000499
Tungsten
Ganzhou Haichuang Tungsten Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID002645
Tungsten
Ganzhou Huaxing Tungsten Products Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID000875
Tungsten
Ganzhou Jiangwu Ferrotungsten Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID002315
Tungsten
Ganzhou Seadragon W & Mo Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID002494
Tungsten
Global Tungsten & Powders Corp.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
CID000568
Tungsten
Guangdong Xianglu Tungsten Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID000218
Tungsten
H.C. Starck Smelting GmbH & Co. KG
GERMANY
CID002542
Tungsten
H.C. Starck Tungsten GmbH
GERMANY
CID002541
Tungsten
Hunan Chenzhou Mining Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID000766
Tungsten
Hunan Chuangda Vanadium Tungsten Co., Ltd. Wuji
CHINA
CID002579
Tungsten
Hunan Chunchang Nonferrous Metals Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID000769
Tungsten
Hydrometallurg, JSC
RUSSIAN FEDERATION
CID002649
Tungsten
Japan New Metals Co., Ltd.
JAPAN
CID000825
Tungsten
Jiangwu H.C. Starck Tungsten Products Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID002551
Tungsten
Jiangxi Dayu Longxintai Tungsten Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID002647
Tungsten
Jiangxi Gan Bei Tungsten Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID002321
Tungsten
Jiangxi Minmetals Gao'an Non-ferrous Metals Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID002313
Tungsten
Jiangxi Tonggu Non-ferrous Metallurgical & Chemical Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID002318
Tungsten
Jiangxi Xinsheng Tungsten Industry Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID002317
Tungsten
Jiangxi Xiushui Xianggan Nonferrous Metals Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID002535
Tungsten
Jiangxi Yaosheng Tungsten Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID002316
Tungsten
Kennametal Fallon
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
CID000966
Tungsten
Kennametal Huntsville
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
CID000105
Tungsten
Malipo Haiyu Tungsten Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID002319
Tungsten
Moliren Ltd.
RUSSIAN FEDERATION
CID002845
Tungsten
Niagara Refining LLC
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
CID002589
Tungsten
Nui Phao H.C. Starck Tungsten Chemicals Manufacturing LLC
VIET NAM
CID002543
Tungsten
Philippine Chuangxin Industrial Co., Inc.
PHILIPPINES
CID002827
Tungsten
South-East Nonferrous Metal Company Limited of Hengyang City
CHINA
CID002815
Tungsten
Tejing (Vietnam) Tungsten Co., Ltd.
VIET NAM
CID001889
Tungsten
Unecha Refractory metals plant
RUSSIAN FEDERATION
CID002724
Tungsten
Vietnam Youngsun Tungsten Industry Co., Ltd.
VIET NAM
CID002011
Tungsten
Wolfram Bergbau und Hutten AG
AUSTRIA
CID002044
Tungsten
Woltech Korea Co., Ltd.
KOREA, REPUBLIC OF
CID002843
Tungsten
Xiamen Tungsten (H.C.) Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID002320
Tungsten
Xiamen Tungsten Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID002082
Tungsten
Xinfeng Huarui Tungsten & Molybdenum New Material Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID002830
Tungsten
Xinhai Rendan Shaoguan Tungsten Co., Ltd.
CHINA
CID002095

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Exhibit 1.01


I.
Future Due Diligence
We will continue to communicate our expectations and information requirements to our direct suppliers. Over time, we anticipate that the amount of information available globally on the traceability and sourcing of these ores will increase and improve our knowledge. We will continue to make inquiries to our direct suppliers and undertake additional risk assessments when potentially relevant changes in facts or circumstances are identified. If we become aware of a supplier whose due diligence needs improvement, we may continue the trade relationship while that supplier improves its compliance program. We expect our suppliers to take similar measures with their suppliers to ensure alignment throughout the supply chain.
In addition to those above, the Company will undertake the following steps during the next compliance period:
Review the conflict minerals policy statement and update if necessary.
Continue to collect responses from suppliers using the most recent revision of the CMRT.
Engage with suppliers that did not provide a response in 2017 or provided incomplete responses to enhance our data collection for 2018.
Monitor and track performance of risk mitigation efforts.
Engage with smelters by sending letters to those that have not been audited as conformant.
Send messages to our suppliers to engage with these smelters.
Compare and validate RCOI results to information collected via independent third-party audit programs, such as the RMI.
Encourage responsible sourcing from the DRC and adjoining countries.


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Exhibit 1.01

APPENDIX I - Countries of Origin
The information provided in this Appendix is based on the information collected from the Company's suppliers.

Argentina
Laos
Australia
Madagascar
Austria
Malaysia
Benin
Mali
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Mexico
Brazil
Mongolia
Burkina Faso
Mozambique
Cambodia
Myanmar
Canada
Namibia
Chile
Nicaragua
China
Nigeria
Colombia
Panama
Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Peru
Ecuador
Portugal
Eritrea
Russian Federation
Ethiopia
Rwanda
France
Senegal
Germany
Sierra Leone
Ghana
South Africa
Guatemala
Spain
Guinea
Thailand
Guyana
Togo
Honduras
Uganda
India
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Indonesia
United States of America
Japan
Uzbekistan
Kazakhstan
Viet Nam











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