Ceramic Industry

H.C. Starck Develops Worldwide Standard

May 26, 2010

H.C. Starck GmbH has aligned its sourcing policy to broad sustainability criteria. The newly developed sourcing process, “Responsible Supply Chain Management (RSCM),” may also become an international standard. 

The company independently began to develop and implement the standard to refute claims of the use of “illegal” materials and to show that it is possible to practice a socially and ecologically acceptable raw material policy throughout the industry. The Electronic Industry Citizenship Council (EICC) is also demanding a sustainable and reliable sourcing of raw materials for the electronic industry.

As the first company in its sector, H.C. Starck has introduced a sourcing process based on RSCM. In addition to several internationally recognized ISO and SA standards, RSCM takes into account traceability, transparency, and the far-reaching ethical, social, and environmentally friendly principles of raw material sourcing. The international launch of RSCM at H.C. Starck was tested and reviewed by BUREAU VERITAS Certification, an independent expert.

“H.C. Starck sets new international standards with the raw material management system that we have initiated of our own accord,” said Andreas Meier, Ph.D., chairman of the executive board. “Our RSCM activities are unique in our sector and have received international acclaim, as evidenced by the fact that H.C. Starck was recently nominated by the World Trade Group for the Sourcing Excellence Award in recognition of its sustainable RSCM commitment.”

The core element of RSCM are supplier audits, through which the proof of origin of the raw materials and thus the relevant documentation of replicability are verified. The standards defined in the RSCM system are also assessed, especially in connection with the sourcing of raw materials from mines. H.C. Starck draws on its extensive pool of data and years of experience in the evaluation of raw material sources to check the plausibility of the assessment. Only those sources that are able to pass such an audit will be able to supply H.C. Starck. The company has already successfully conducted the first test audits with suppliers.

For more information, visit www.hcstarck.com.