The iTSCi programme continues to win awards for its outstanding contribution to sustainable supply chain management. Already recognised in January as an edie Sustainability Leader 2017, iTSCi has now won an International CSR Excellence Award, presented at the UK Houses of Parliament. At the same time iTSCi lead Kay Nimmo, ITRI has been listed #9 in the Assent Compliance Top 100 Conflict Mineral Leaders this year, up from #15 in 2016.
International CSR Excellence Awards are presented by the Green Organisation for Corporate and Social Responsibility to caring companies that use their privileged position to help their colleagues, communities, customers, the environment and the less fortunate. By pioneering due diligence and minerals traceability in Central Africa, iTSCi has clearly demonstrated improvements to the economic security and quality of life for hundreds of thousands of mining families. The programme has also provided a platform for advance of community projects managed by our NGO partner PACT.
Commenting on the award the CSR judges said: “The iTSCi programme reaches into remote parts of Africa and enables small-scale miners to break the link to funding rebel-armed groups; improve their infrastructure and reduce the reliance on child labour. It is an ambitious project that has made very significant progress.”
The Conflict Minerals Leader listing recognises the programme’s wide ranging influence across global upstream industries in promoting conflict mineral due diligence. The list recognises leaders who shape the future of supply chain excellence and responsible sourcing with outstanding contributions to increasing the public’s awareness of conflict mineral compliance through education and advocating responsible sourcing.
Kay Nimmo is the Manager of Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs at ITRI. Her efforts in sustainable mining and recycling, and on conflict minerals in 2010, led to the start of the iTSCi Programme and the organisation of the first on-the-ground traceability pilot project for tin in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
After five years the iTSCi programme has been recognised as a benchmark for responsible minerals due diligence in high risk areas, expanding its scope to four Central Africa countries and 3T minerals ITRI is now using this experience to implement a growing number of initiatives in responsible sourcing for tin, including a Code of Conduct for tin producers and a new Responsible Tin Supply group. New EU regulation on conflict minerals will further expand the focus to other high risk areas for 3T minerals sourcing.