Conflict free raw materials at CERATIZIT
The ethical business practices we demand of our employees in our own Code of Conduct also apply to our actions as a group of companies. One of our key principles is the respect of human rights in the acquisition of our raw materials. For this reason we do not buy or use any raw materials whose mining in known regions sparks conflicts in which these human rights are abused.
The conflict minerals
Conflict minerals are raw materials which are mined under conditions of violent conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo and smuggled out via third countries. Two such minerals are tungsten and cobalt, from which carbide is made. Other sought-after raw materials are tantalum, tin and gold.
Thorough checking of suppliers
The US Security and Exchange Commission issues clear guidelines to companies with regard to the obligation to furnish evidence of conflict-free raw materials. These guidelines apply to the entire supply chain. Together with other tungsten processors, CERATIZIT founded the working group TI-CMC (Tungsten Industry Conflict Minerals Council). The group developed a standardized approach to enable it to check smelting works' compliance with the guidelines.
Selected business partners
The TI-CMC collaborates with organisations from other sectors, such as the RMI (Responsible Minerals Initiative), in order to cover other minerals in addition to tungsten such as cobalt, tantalum, tin and gold. The outcome of this work is a list of trustworthy companies which meet all the requirements for compliance. CERATIZIT relies on business relationships with members of the RMI which are already classed as "conflict free" smelting works or which are in the process of being verified.
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