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ITRI launches Responsible Tin Supply group

Post By: Tony Wallace on Wednesday, 24 May 2017

International tin industry organisation ITRI has launched a Responsible Tin Supply group aimed at achieving a credible, responsible and more coordinated supply chain for tin. The group will bring together stakeholders from all tiers of the supply chain including tin traders and users from the solders, tinplate and tin chemicals industries and those companies further downstream. Chaired by an external industry expert it will provide an opportunity to exchange information and promote discussion aimed at developing and implementing joint...

Leading tin producers to report on Code of Conduct standards

Post By: Tony Wallace on Thursday, 20 April 2017

ITRI and member companies have developed a new industry Code of Conduct specifically designed for global tin mining and smelting operations and addressing the growing expectations of tin users and consumers. Now we are pleased to announce that our members, as leaders in the tin production sector, will begin voluntary reporting against these industry standards in Q3 of 2017.

The ITRI Code of Conduct has 10 Principles addressing basic expectations of legal compliance and publication of policy statements, through...

EU minerals regulation reaches final stage of approval

Post By: Jeremy Pearce on Wednesday, 01 February 2017

On 24th January 2017 the European Parliaments' trade committee approved text of the proposed mineral regulation finalised following the three-way negotiations between the Parliament, Council and Commission completed last november. The regulation will be published after formal adoption of the full Parliament and Council and will enter into force 20 days later, many years after discussions began on this controversial topic. From January 2021 importers, smelters and refiners of tungsten, tin, tantalum and gold (3TG) will have to carry...

ITRI wins edie Sustainable Supply Chains Leader 2017

Post By: Tony Wallace on Friday, 27 January 2017

ITRI's dedicated work and success in bringing positive change in the tin supply chain has been recognised with the award of the prestigious edie Sustainability Leaders Award 2017 for Sustainable Supply Chains. The winners were announced at an awards ceremony at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane in London attended by the great and the good of the sustainability sphere.

Opening the Awards, edie editor Luke Nicholls said: "The past year has shown us numerous examples of organisations going to...

ITRI announces development of a Code of Conduct for the tin industry

Post By: Andrew Cooper on Tuesday, 01 September 2015

ITRI has announced the start of a new project to develop a progressive Code of Conduct for the global tin industry.

The Code of Conduct will culminate in a set of standards appropriate to the tin industry covering a range of topics including legal compliance, environmental management, health and safety, community engagement, and human rights as well as conflict related issues. 

ITRI and its members believe that the Code of Conduct will be an important step to ensure that companies...

Apple to drop four smelters from supply chain for refusing conflict minerals audit

Post By: Andrew Cooper on Friday, 20 February 2015

Apple has revealed in its annual Supplier Responsibility Progress Report that it has informed four smelters–who provide metals used in the production of the company’s devices–that they will be dropped from the supply chain after refusing to submit to “conflict mineral” audits … 

The audits are designed to ensure that the extraction of the minerals used does not finance armed groups associated with human rights violations:

“Tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold are called conflict minerals because, in the Democratic Republic...

Apple claims progress on conflict minerals

Post By: Andrew Cooper on Friday, 20 February 2015

In an annual report on labor and environmental practices in its supply chain, Apple said it is making progress eliminating so-called conflict minerals.

Apple said it had identified 225 smelters in its supply chain that handle gold, tantalum, tin or tungsten, and that 135 of those smelters were audited last year to verify that they do not use materials that fund armed groups; that’s more than double the 57 smelters audited in 2013.
The company said 64 other...

ITRI Tin forum in Indonesia discusses progress in trade and Sustainability of Tin production

Post By: Samantha Hoo on Thursday, 12 December 2013

The Indonesia Tin Forum hosted by ITRI in Pankalpinang, Bangka on the 11th December 2013 attracted more than a hundred local and international delegates to hear about and discuss issues currently facing the Indonesian tin sector such as changing export regulations, and international market concern over environmental and social sustainability. Attendees included industry, authorities and civil society in this unique event which provided an opportunity for a wide range of interests to be considered and discussed.

Peter Kettle,...

Apple investigates potential use of illegally mined tin from Indonesia

Post By: Samantha Hoo on Monday, 15 July 2013

In a note added to its Supplier Responsibility page Apple announced that the company is investigating whether or not its suppliers are sourcing tin from illegal mines; "Bangka Island, Indonesia, is one of the world's principal tin-producing regions. Recent concerns about the illegal mining of tin from this region prompted Apple to lead a fact-finding visit to learn more. Using the information we've gathered, Apple initiated an EICC working group focused on this issue, and we are helping to...

ITRI survey: tin demand growing slowly

Post By: Peter Kettle on Thursday, 17 May 2012

ITRI, the global tin trade association, today released findings from its latest annual tin use and recycling survey which provides new definitive information on tin use and recovery in 2010/2011.

Information from this unique and comprehensive study is based on the combination of published statistics and expert estimates, as well as a large direct industry survey of 150 individual downstream users on their activities in 2010 and 2011.

This survey is carried out annually in order to provide...