Mize and Company, Inc., takes our corporate responsibility seriously. Whether it is around the corner in Kingman Kansas, or on the other side of the planet, we have a responsibility to set an example for our peers, our partners, and our consumers.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has adopted a set of rules that were implemented to report and disclose the use of certain elements specifically identified as “Conflict Minerals”. This list of minerals includes columbite-tantalite (or coltan), cassiterite, gold, and wolframite, along with their derivatives, tantalum, tin, or tungsten. These minerals are referred to as “Conflict Minerals”, due to the fact that these minerals, when they are mined specifically in the central region of Africa, in and regions surrounding the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), are very likely to have been mined and sold under the control of armed groups to finance conflict that is typically characterized by extreme levels of violence, up to and including the death and torture of innocent civilians, women, and children. These minerals are used in many consumer and commercial applications including computers, cellular phones, electronic equipment, and consumer electronics.
Although we are not required by the SEC regulations to participate in managing our supply chain, Mize and Company, Inc. is dedicated to making sure every product we sell is responsibly sourced. Mize and Company, Inc., takes immense strides to ensure our products are NOT sourced in the region of concern. Our commitment goes far beyond the obligation required of us, by exercising due diligence when buying our products globally. Going so far as to requiring our supplies to identify their smelters, and those smelters to identify their raw material suppliers to whom they sourced their materials from. Mize and Company, Inc., is working with multiple agencies, legal advisors, and accounting firms to go the extra mile to make sure the dollars you spend with us will never reach the pockets of those who would use them to harm others. In the coming year, Mize and Company, Inc., will be working to exceed the standards set forth by the Dodd-Frank Act signed into law in 2010, and will work with other suppliers in our industry to ensure the policies we use do not fund those supporting violence. It is more than Corporate Responsibility to us. It is a matter of integrity.