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ITSCI extends pilot activities in Uganda


The ITSCI programme has extended its pilot 3T traceability monitoring in Uganda at the invitation of the company ‘3T Mining’ who see this as an important step in accessing key markets in the US and Europe. 3T Mining operates in Wakiso district, an area thought to be...

H.C. Starck tantalum certified ‘conflict-free’ for the seventh time


H.C. Starck GmbH, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of technology metals and advanced ceramics has received certification for processing of ‘conflict-free’ tantalum raw materials for the seventh time in a row. The audited H.C. Starck companies are members of...

ITSCI governance assessment: Uganda


This report is an iTSCi Governance Assessment conducted in September 2016. The purpose of the Governance Assessment is to provide an overview of the implementation and development of the iTSCi Programme in Uganda since its inception in September 2015 and to highlight...

95% of company due diligence policies not aligned with OECD


A recent consultant study has concluded that 95% of downstream companies belonging to the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) had responsible sourcing policies that were not aligned with OECD Due Diligence Guidance. If this typical level of engagement is not...

Report shows significant drop in downstream mineral risk reporting


‘Mining the Disclosures 2017’ published recently by the Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN) has highlighted a ‘troubling trend’ in downstream corporate conflict minerals reporting towards more ‘tick-box’ compliance testing and away from stronger ‘risk-based’ due...

US GAO confirms reduced armed groups at 3T DRC sites


An August 2017 report by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) on conflict minerals in the DRC has highlighted published data on the reduced presence of armed groups at 3T sites, while noting very little progress with regard to gold. The report consolidated...