Ethical sourcing of minerals
Tata Steel works independently and with suppliers, industry peers and other stakeholders to improve traceability and ensure responsible sourcing of minerals.
Reaching full traceability of minerals requires time and effort across the industries and collaboration from all parties in the supply chain. This is due to the complexity of the way metals are produced and sold, and to the fact ores from many different sources can be combined. Once a mineral is smelted, any characteristics of the ore, or its origin, are gone and in the process the sources for metals used, multiply quickly. This is why industry-wide cooperation is so important to ensure ethical sourcing.
Tata Steel has deployed due diligence activities that ensure full compliance with Dodd-Frank rules and regulations with regards to conflict minerals, and to fulfil the European Commission’s proposal to undertake supply chain due diligence in order to identify and mitigate the risk of conflict financing and human rights abuse. These are: tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold (3TG), in the form of ore as well as refined materials. These due diligence guidelines form the basis of the selection of tin producers regarding Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).