MUNICH, Germany, Jan. 19, 2016 /CNW/ - H.C. Starck, one of the world's leading manufacturers of technology metals and advanced ceramics, has received certification for processing "conflict-free" tantalum raw materials for the fifth time in a row. The corresponding audit was performed by the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), an independent organization, and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) as part of the Conflict Free Smelter Program (CFSP).
"Fair and responsible purchasing of raw materials from conflict-free sources is an unshakeable principle of our raw materials strategy," explained Dr. Andreas Meier, CEO of H.C. Starck. "We are delighted to have received this certification for the fifth year in a row. It proves that our strategy of focusing on sustainability in procurement of raw materials is the right one," he added. Independent auditors commissioned by EICC and GeSI visited the H.C. Starck locations that process tantalum in the United States, Germany, Japan, and Thailand in late 2015, checking in detail whether the locations meet the two organizations' stringent requirements for processing of conflict-free raw materials. There were various steps the company had to complete in order to receive the certification, including proving that H.C. Starck has integrated a strategy that applies worldwide for avoiding raw materials that serve to finance or otherwise benefit armed groups into its business processes. The company also had to demonstrate that it has an appropriate system that can be used to trace the origin of the raw materials used all the way back to the mine.
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SOURCE H.C. Starck GmbH
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