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ITRI Code of Conduct

Progressive industry standards & reporting designed for the tin industry

Consumers, product manufacturers, regulators, civil society and our industry have a continually developing understanding of the potential for business and supply chains to create positive outcomes in the sphere in which they operate. This change, together with previous focus on tin as a 'conflict' related mineral point to a highly regulated and audited future for the tin industry.

In order to harmonise information available to external parties, minimise costs, and ensure comparable reporting and evaluation, ITRI and member companies have developed an industry Code of Conduct representing our Statement of Values. Our Code is specifically designed for global tin mining and smelting operations described by these Company Types while taking into account important international standards. Adoption of the Code is now a requirement of ITRI membership.

The ITRI Code of Conduct has 10 Principles which are supported with more than 70 Standards, some of which are more relevant for mining operations, with others most relevant to smelters or secondary recycling companies. The Code standards have been discussed with key stakeholders and a wider consultation is envisaged as the pilot reporting process is rolled out.

A range of Indicators are designed to allow for reporting of progressive improvement, with third-party verification the ultimate desired goal. This approach has been adopted to provide an opportunity to engage and encourage positive change among all operators, including the many small scale and artisanal miners whose livelihoods depend on the mineral sector and who make an important contribution to tin supply.

ITRI members are expected to release information and reports regarding their adoption of the Code on a regular basis. Some reporting will be incorporated into existing company publications while other information will be provided separately to the public and customers.

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Challenges of artisanal mining

The tin industry has an unusually high proportion of artisanal mining and this presents particular challenges in assessing and making improvements in the supply chain. ITRI and its members are committed to our Artisanal and Small Scale Mining Policy and the approach of our Code of Conduct provides an opportunity through Principle 8 to engage and encourage positive change among the many small operators and artisanal miners whose livelihoods depend on the mineral sector and who make an important contribution to tin supply.

In addition to our work on the Code, ITRI is developing co-operations with other organisations, potentially to encourage external funding of improvements that will lead to a more formalised small-scale sector and greater supply stability in the long term. We would welcome any proposals for co-operation in this work; please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .