Responsible raw material procurement
Raw material procurement at H.C. Starck Tantalum and Niobium GmbH is based on two pillars: the responsible and ethical sourcing of primary materials, as well as the recycling of secondary materials (scraps, slags).
With unique expertise, we recover tantalum and niobium scraps from various industries (e.g. electronics, aviation) and return them into the supply chain, ensuring the sustainable use of resources.
H.C. Starck Tantalum and Niobium GmbH is at the forefront of the tantalum industry and we consider responsible and ethical raw material sourcing to be one of our core competencies. Our activities are based on the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Mineral from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk areas.
We apply the due diligence systems of:
- iTSCi (international Tin Supply Chain initiative – Full member)
- Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI – Full Member), and
- Responsible Supply Chain Management (RSCM – internal supplier qualification system) to formalise supervision and selection of mining, as well as trading activities.
We are a conflict-free smelter and conformant with the Responsible Minerals Assurance Process assessment protocols (RMAP) (formerly known as CFSP Compliant Smelters & Refiners) for all our manufacturing sites.
- RMI-Approved Responsible Tantalum Refiner (H.C. Starck Tantalum and Niobium GmbH, Goslar site, Germany)
- RMI-Approved Responsible Tantalum Refiner (H.C. Starck Smelting GmbH & Co. KG - Laufenburg site, Germany)
- RMI-Approved Responsible Tungsten Refiner (H.C. Starck Smelting GmbH & Co. KG - Laufenburg site)
- RMI-Approved Responsible Tantalum Refiner (H.C. Starck Ltd., Japan)