Stories from the Field

Rwanda government improving inspection and controls

Since the start of the iTSCi Programme across Rwanda in 2010, we have worked closely with government staff of the Rwanda Mines Board (RMB) to ensure tracea-bility and due diligence is in place for all 3T minerals exported from the country. Traceability relies on RMB...

Whistleblowing addresses supply chain risks

Each month, our on-the-ground teams make hundreds of visits to mining areas, transport routes and mineral processing facilities in order to record potential issues with the 3T mineral supply chain which can then be further verified and highlighted to all stakeholders...

Local stakeholders help fight mineral fraud

Before the iTSCi traceability and due diligence programme was implemented in Shabunda territory, lack of control and monitoring had allowed widespread min-eral fraud, bribery, and other illegal activities to go unreported and unchecked. However, with the scaling-up of...

News

Coltan listed by DRC as ‘strategic’

Coltan is among minerals now classified by the DRC as ‘strategic’ substances meaning that it will be subject to an increased royalty rate of 10% under the recently changed Mining Code. According to Reuters, the Prime Minister and the Minister of Mines signed a decree...

ITSCI staff training for continued improvement


With the ITSCI programme now operating in four countries, training events for project staff are an international affair. In July, project managers and reporting officers for Burundi, Rwanda, the DRC and Uganda convened in Bujumbura, Burundi for extensive training....

Uganda to biometrically register artisanal miners


The Uganda Daily Monitor reported that the Uganda’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development will biometrically register Uganda’s artisanal and small-scale miners (ASM). The process budgeted at US$350,000 aims to provide clarity and transparency to the small mining...

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Press Releases

OECD rates ITSCI programme highest in responsible minerals assessment


A detailed assessment by the OECD recently concluded that the standards of the ITSCI Programme are 100% aligned with the 5 Step due diligence recommendations of the OECD’s internationally accepted guidance for good company management, risk assessment and mitigation,...

ITRI wins edie Sustainable Supply Chains Leader 2017

ITRI’s dedicated work and success in bringing positive change in the tin supply chain has been recognised with the award of the prestigious edie Sustainability Leaders Award 2017 for Sustainable Supply Chains. The winners were announced at an awards...

Responsible minerals programme receives donation from Qualcomm

iTSCi announced that its responsible minerals programme has received a donation from Qualcomm Incorporated, a world leader in 3G, 4G and next-generation wireless technologies, to help break the link between minerals and conflict. iTSCi is a unique and highly...

Statements

iTSCi’s Response to Global Witness’ Time To Dig Deeper Report


Global Witness (GW) recently released a report ‘Time to Dig Deeper [1], which reviewed progress of annual public reporting as recommended in Step 5 of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance. The review referenced many public reports of 3T companies who are iTSCi members...

ITRI comments on the UN Group of Experts final report


ITRI comments on the UN Group of Experts final report S2017/672 16th August 2017 on the Democratic Republic of the Congo extended pursuant to Security Council resolution 2293 (2016) addressed to the President of the Security Council. As the only operational...

ITRI letter to SEC Acting Chairman Piwowar March 2017


Comments on January 31, 2017, statement on the Commission's Conflict Minerals Rule Acting Chairman of the SEC, Michael S. Piwowar made a statement on 31st January 2017 regarding ‘Reconsideration of Conflict Minerals Rule Implementation’ ITRI has provided comments to...