ITRI’s work and success in bringing positive change in the tin supply chain has been recognised in its shortlisting for an edie Sustainability Leaders Award 2017. ITRI joins other nominees BT, Coca-Cola, Encirc, McDonalds, Resolute Forest Products and TUCO with the opportunity to be awarded the Sustainable Supply Chains category. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in London on 25th January.
Tin is a vital element for today’s quality of life - as solder gluing together electronics, as tinplate preserving food in cans and as chemicals an essential element in plastics and glass production. Representing and supported by leading tin producers, ITRI has been at the forefront in development and implementation of supply chain initiatives to meet society’s expectations for more sustainable and responsibly sourced raw materials.
ITRI’s Manager of Sustainability Kay Nimmo commented: “We are delighted that ITRI’s hard work and success in this area has been recognised in such a way, and that the tin production industry is ranked alongside major brand name sustainability leaders in tackling some of the very real practical and commercial challenges involved in bringing about improvements in highly complex supply chains.”
ITRI designed and instigated the innovative ITRI Tin Supply Chain Initiative (iTSCI), enabling artisanal and small scale tin miners in Democratic Republic of Congo and other central African countries to break links between mineral production and funding armed groups. This support ensured local miners access to ‘conflict-free’ international markets and brought about significant social and economic benefits for hundreds of thousands of individuals, their communities and the region as a whole.
ITRI is now extending its work to address issues beyond conflict on a more global basis by supporting all leading tin producers in the design and implementation of a global industry Code of Conduct standard. This will address all consumer expectations for responsible supply chains, including environmental, safety, human rights and labour issues, and will be implemented in complex commercial and political environments, drawing on the lessons learned in the iTSCi Programme.
Edie is a UK-based sustainability information and resources platform, set up by media group Faversham House to support sustainability professionals and has run its Awards annually since 2007.