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  • Responsible procurement

    Interest in the responsible procurement of raw materials has risen greatly in recent years, and Tata Steel is at the forefront of steel industry efforts to formulate best practice in this area.

    We have developed a comprehensive responsible procurement policy which was launched in 2011. This has five key principles: health and safety, fair business practices, environmental protection, human rights, and local community development. It will be rolled out to our suppliers, beginning with major raw materials suppliers, in early 2012.

    In the meantime, we have confirmed that all of our major external iron ore suppliers have management systems certified to ISO 14001. We have also ensured that these suppliers have in place systems for managing resources effectively, restoring areas affected by mines and safeguarding biodiversity. All of our iron ore suppliers have implemented health and safety management systems.

    In summer 2010, Tata Steel became the first steel sector operation to achieve certification to the UK Building Research Establishment sustainability standard, BES6001. This certifies that it is a responsible supplier according to detailed criteria applying both to the management of the facilities in North Wales and to the way sustainability is extended back through the supply chain, starting with the mines where the iron ore is originally sourced. Recertification was secured in 2011.

    Tin is an important raw material for our packaging steels. We have implemented a policy to not knowingly purchase tin from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). At the same time, we provide financial support to the International Tin Research Institute’s Tin Supply Chain Initiative, a project to stimulate economic growth and stability in the DRC and to monitor and certify tin ore.

    In response to television broadcasts accusing Dutch electricity companies of irresponsible coal procurement practices, a Dutch stakeholder dialogue has been set up between electricity companies, mining companies, labour unions and NGOs, chaired by an independent Chairman. We have joined the dialogue in order to demonstrate responsible behaviour and to stay informed about best practices.