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Conflict-Free Smelter

H.C. Starck condemns all activities in connection with the illegal or unlawful exploitation of mineral resources, no matter where such activities take place. We only purchase raw materials that are conflict-free and that meet the requirements of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas.

Thorough due diligence

H.C. Starck fully supports the position of the U.S. Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act 2010 and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to avoid the use of ores and metals that finance or benefit armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) or adjoining countries. With a variety of control mechanisms, we perform thorough due diligence on all raw material offers based on current OECD and EICC guidelines before we accept any material into our production. H.C. Starck has been certified several times as a “Conflict-Free Smelter” for our sustainable procurement process.

We condemn all activities in connection with the unlawful exploitation of mineral resources, no matter where such activities take place. As part of this commitment we have implemented an on-going policy of only purchasing raw materials that are conflict-free and that meet the requirements of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas. The Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI) has declared H.C. Starcks tantalum and tungsten supply chain free of conflict materials and lists H.C. Starck as Conflict-Free Smelter (CFS). We are one of the few companies to pass consecutive audits under the Conflict-Free Smelter Program (CFSP) since the start of the program.

Certified conflict-free raw material supply chain

H. C. Starck is a member of the ITRI Tin Supply Chain Initiative (iTSCi), which has developed a due diligence system for a transparent raw material supply chain in conflict regions and monitors the implementation of the system in their member companies. In addition to that, H.C. Starck is a founding member of the Tungsten Industry--Conflict Minerals Council (TICMC) and also of the Public-Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade (PPA) in support of government and private initiatives to develop conflict-free supply chain systems.

To guarantee that we purchase only conflict-free raw materials, we have implemented an approved Responsible Supply Chain Management System (RSCM). This system ensures efficient and competitive purchasing, and supports sourcing from suppliers that act in accordance with environmental and social sustainability. With a variety of control mechanisms, we perform thorough due diligence on all raw material offers based on current OECD and EICC guidelines before we sign any delivery contracts. We continuously strive to become independent from surging volatility and speculations on the raw materials market. That is why we strongly focus on technology metal recycling to secure our conflict-free raw material supply chain. Using innovative technologies, we are recycling increasing volumes of post-industrial waste, slags, and scraps and turning them into high quality and high-performance technology metals.