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Responsible Tin Supply Group





Together achieving a credible, responsible and more co-ordinated tin supply chain

The RTS group will bring together stakeholders from all tiers of the supply chain. It will be a platform for exchanging information, working towards international standards for reporting, and helping to achieve compliance. The group will be chaired by an independent industry expert. ITRI, as the industry association, will provide information, promote discussion, develop and implement concepts for action with the input and support of the members.

For more information please contact Jonathan Rickwood, +44(0)1727871321 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Why join

  • Receive credible and informative communications on tin and tin supply from ITRI experts

  • Take part in regular discussions via teleconferencing or at meetings or relevant events

  • Contribute to activities to achieve progressive improvement in tin supply

  • Understand and measure the effects of local actions and projects

  • Receive visibility as a responsible participant in the tin supply chain

New challenges for tin

myanmar mine better croppedThere has been increasing pressure regarding responsible sourcing of raw materials, particularly around whether they are being sourced from socially and environmentally positive origins.

Some existing issues have been exacerbated by misinformation and high profile exposés of end user sourcing arrangements. Legislation such as the Dodd-Frank Act, and multiple surveys, checks and audits are also providing challenges. ITRI believes that an industry co-ordinated approach will be most effective in providing solutions.

Promoting positives of tin

Tin is included in the scope of these raw material discussions due to its high profile as a 'conflict mineral' and widespread use in consumer products including electronics and tinplate. However, tin as a metal is also fortunate to have no proven toxic effects in either man or the environment, and in being a metal that is widely recycled in alloys and re-refined metal products. As an industry we can focus more attention on, and make use of these positives.

Launching RTS

ITRI is the global tin association working for the interests of industry stakeholders, including producers, traders, end users and consumers. ITRI has pioneered the iTSCi due diligence programme helping industry avoid conflict financing via mineral trade, and is compiling a global standard 'Code of Conduct' for the upstream supply chain to implement. ITRI is now launching the 'Responsible Tin Supply' group to focus on the new challenges facing the industry and to assist companies to respond.

RTS objectives

RTS will be a platform for :

  • Enhanced information exchange and understanding between upstream and downstream tin sectors

  • Early identification of emerging issues of key importance to stable and responsible tin supply

  • Clarification of priorities and strategies for managing and resolving supply chain risks

  • Reduction of perceived risks of tin use to downstream company reputation

  • Streamlined sustainability reporting and auditing for tin producers

  • Development of means to incentivise tin suppliers adopting best practices

Focus topics

  • Code of Conduct consultation on standards and reporting

  • Developments in the Wa region of Myanmar

  • Close co-operation with key companies and stakeholders in Indonesia

  • Ideas to manage the new EU regulation for importers of mineral, metal and chemicals

  • Ways to improve gathering and reporting of tin recovery and recycling statistics


RTS membership fee is USD 2,000 per annum (membership starts 1 Jan every year)

Download Membership application form


Jonathan Rickwood - Materials Stewardship Officer

+44 (0)1727 871321 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it