Building on the critical role of smelters in supply chain due diligence and managing Annex II risks, ITA and CCCMC will jointly host an in-person Partner Session during the 2024 OECD Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains to take stock of the challenges faced by smelters including confusion over audit standards, training, and expectations, as well as difficulties in managing confidential information. It will also discuss responsibilities of companies and systems, both upstream and downstream and ambitions to achieve fully supply chain due diligence ecosystems. CCCMC and ITA have each separately introduced OECD-aligned assurance systems for control points to enhance their support for and participation in due diligence, with a focus on improving efficiency and functional transparency throughout the supply chain.

The session will take place on Wednesday 22 May 2024 between 17.00-18.00 CEST in room CC18 at the 2024 OECD Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains (Rue André Pascal, 75016 Paris)

Capacity is strictly limited. Advance registration is required at: Partner Session: Chinese Due Diligence Guidelines & Tin Code Assurance Tickets, Wed, May 22, 2024 at 5:00 PM | Eventbrite

Simultaneous English-Chinese translation is available.

**Registration is only open to confirmed in-person attendees at the 2024 OECD Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains. Entry to this event does not guarantee entry to the main Forum.**

For more information please contact:

Sonia Marsh, Lead Sustainability Specialist, ITA

Ryan Wen, China Sustainability Manager, ITA

We are pleased to announce the publication of the Tin Code Reports of two companies this month: Bluestone Mines Tasmania Joint Venture Pty Ltd (Bluestone) and Thailand Smelting and Refining Co Ltd (Thaisarco). The reports highlight the companies’ continued collaboration with the Tin Code towards continuous and progressive improvement.

Tin Code Reports detail the company’s commitment to improving sustainable practices in tin production across various aspects, including:

· Environmental management
· Social responsibility
· Corporate governance

Read the Full Reports

For a deeper dive into Bluestone and Thaisarco’s commitment to sustainability and progressive improvement of the tin industry, you can access the full Tin Code Reports here.

On behalf of Tin Code, the International Tin Association (ITA) is participating in a series of workshops and activities for the ISO International Workshop Agreement (IWA) 45 on “Sustainable Critical Minerals Supply Chains” organised by Standards Australia. The aim of the IWA is to support the understanding of the range of sustainability tools available to companies, which will in turn support good sustainability outcomes in an effective and efficient manner.

ITA participated in the first IWA on “Sustainable Critical Minerals Supply Chains” in Tokyo in February. The next IWA workshop is scheduled to take place in New York on 16-17 April, and IWA is encouraging all stakeholders to participate and share their views on existing sustainability tools and frameworks. The workshop is open to both in-person and virtual participation, so interested parties can join from anywhere in the world. The IWA particularly welcomes participants from mineral production areas, including governments. You can find more information and register here.

The findings of the IWA 45 are expected to help guide future decisions on the development of a proposed ISO/PC 348 standard on “Sustainable raw materials” applicable to the entire upstream-downstream value chain of all raw materials, from extraction to processing, refining, and final product manufacturing. 

On this International Women’s Day, we shine a spotlight on the remarkable women driving progress in the tin industry. Women are playing a significant role in shaping a better future for the industry, from technical and sustainability leadership positions to higher management positions.

At ITA, we are proud to see inspiring women leading the way from mining to recycling. Our commitment to a sustainable and inclusive future is reflected in our Tin Code, which encourages gender equality and aims to prevent gender-based violence and harassment in workplaces through the expectations of Principle 4.

Today, we take a moment to recognise these women and male leaders as allies in progressing fairness and equality for all, including through implementing our Tin Code to shape a more sustainable and inclusive future.

#InternationalWomensDay #WomenInMining #TinCode #EmpoweringChange

International Tin Association (ITA) invites submissions of original presentations bringing ideas or solutions related to responsible tin supply for the opportunity to present at the International Tin Conference 2024: Securing Sustainable Tin Supply, Penang, Malaysia, 14th – 16th May 2024.

The tin industry is facing unprecedented opportunities and challenges from an increasingly complex regulatory landscape and expanding expectations on responsible sourcing including for the global energy transition. Navigating these intricacies requires new commitment, innovation, and support, including for due diligence and on-the-ground activities, to achieve meaningful progress.

We are particularly interested in submissions from companies and experts that address the following themes:

Submission Guidelines:

Please e-mail your submissions as soon as possible to Sonia Marsh Submissions should be synopses of original papers or case studies that preferably relate to the above topics or the tin supply chain. The paper should have a clear structure, well-supported arguments, and relevant references. The maximum length is 2 pages.

Submission Deadline: 9th February 2024

Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of experts from the ITA taking into consideration the full conference agenda.

Notification: Authors will be notified of the decision by 16th February 2024.


Please visit the conference website here for more information on the conference agenda, events and fees- and details on how to register.

We look forward to your submissions, and hope to see you at International Tin Conference 2024 in Penang!

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