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Global Compliance


AOI’s commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) includes:

  • Treating all stakeholders with dignity and respect,
  • Ensuring safe working conditions across our supply chain
  • Operating in an environmentally responsible manner, and
  • Commitment to continuous improvement

AOI's policy represents a statement of our commitment to CSR that is based on and consistent with the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), formerly known as the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), Code of Conduct.  The RBA Code of Conduct is a set of standards on social, environmental and ethical issues in the electronics industry supply chain.

We enforce these commitments through our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, Environmental Management System, Employee Handbook and SOPs which are applicable to all our employees and operations and our Supplier Code of Conduct, which our business partners (including suppliers) are directed to comply with.

Conflict Minerals Policy Statement

Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) enacted in July 2010 imposes certain reporting obligations on Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) registrants whose manufactured products contain conflict minerals which are necessary to the functionality or production of their products. Conflict Minerals are defined as tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold that originates from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) or an adjoining country.

As directed by the Dodd-Frank Act, the SEC has adopted rules requiring publicly traded companies to disclose whether they use tantalum, tin, gold and tungsten that originated in the DRC or an adjoining country and if so, to issue a report identifying their products that are not conflict free and their due diligence efforts to determine the source and chain of custody of the metals. Conflict Free means the product does not contain tantalum, tin, gold and tungsten that directly or indirectly finances or benefits armed groups in the DRC or an adjoining country.

AOI supports efforts to eliminate the use of tantalum, tin, gold and tungsten from improper sources that could promote such serious problems in the DRC and adjoining countries.

Accordingly, AOI’s policy on Conflict Minerals is:

  • AOI strives to have a Conflict Free supply chain, and is committed to sourcing products and materials from conflict-free sources
  • AOI expects our vendors to have policies and processes in place to be able to trace the source of their materials and products to ensure that any Conflict Minerals contained in products we purchase from our vendors do not originate from conflict mines within the DRC and the surrounding region

AOI will provide applicable vendors with the standardized Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition/Global E-Sustainability Initiative (EICC/GeSI) Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT) that traces the metals back through the supply chain. AOI also supports industry initiatives such as the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI) Conflict Free Smelter Program (CFSP) to validate responsible and sustainable sources. Our objective is to have a conflict-free supply chain. If AOI becomes aware of a vendor whose supply chain includes metals from a conflict source, AOI will take the appropriate actions to remedy the situation in a timely manner, including reassessment of vendor relationships, to achieve that objective. AOI expects our vendors to take similar measures with their vendors to ensure alignment throughout the supply chain.

Applied Optoelectronics, Inc. - Conflict Minerals Report For The Year Ended December 31, 2015
Applied Optoelectronics, Inc. - Conflict Minerals Report For The Year Ended December 31, 2016
Applied Optoelectronics, Inc. - Conflict Minerals Report For The Year Ended December 31, 2017