HC Starck, a leading manufacturer of technology metals and advanced ceramics, has announced that its tantalum supply chain has been declared free of conflict minerals for a third consecutive year.
The audit was conducted by a third party auditor assigned by the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) as part of the Conflict-Free Smelter (CFS) Validation Program.
“We are very pleased about this recertification, it is an award for our raw materials strategy and an incentive to continue our sustainability commitment,” stated Andreas Meier, President and CEO of HC Starck.
All of HC Starck’s tantalum processing plants in the United States, Germany, Japan, and in Thailand were audited by the EICC and GeSI in the beginning of 2013 and were found to meet the high CFS site requirements. To be declared conflict-free, HC Starck had to prove that it has documented a conflict minerals policy which is integrated into business operations; deploys a system for tracing finished goods back to its mine of origin, and documents that all of its purchased materials are from conflict-free sources.
“A secure, long-term supply of conflict-free raw materials is a strategic core topic for our company and also benefits our customers,” added Meier. The raw material supply of HC Starck rests on two strong pillars: cooperation with established and certified mines as well as increasing recycling activities of technology metals. “Technology metal recycling is a distinctive competence of HC Starck,” said Meier. “It helps us to accomplish supply security and it reduces our dependency from volatile raw material pricing.”