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H.C. Starck recently announced that its tantalum supply chain has been declared free of “conflict minerals” for a third consecutive year following an independent audit. 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,” said Andreas Meier, president and CEO. “It is an award for our raw materials strategy and an incentive to continue our sustainability commitment.”
All of H.C. Starck’s tantalum processing plants in the U.S., Germany, Japan, and 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, H.C. Starck had to prove that it has documented a conflict minerals policy that 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.
For additional information, visit www.hcstarck.com.