H.C. Starck Tantalum Processing once again Certified Conflict-Free
H.C. Starck, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of technology metals and advanced ceramics, has once again received certification for processing of “conflict-free” tantalum raw materials – the 6th year in a row the company has done so. Unlike in past years, the adjustment of the structures under corporate law meant that this year’s audit included the newly founded subsidiary H.C. Starck Tantalum and Niobium GmbH and the associated company H.C. Starck Smelting GmbH & Co. KG.
This means all subsidiaries that process tantalum at the Goslar, Mito, Tokyo, Map Ta Phut, and Laufenburg locations remain certified. The audit was performed by the independent company SGS, acting on behalf of the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) as part of the Conflict Free Smelter Program (CFSP). Among other things, H.C. Starck successfully showed that the companies have integrated a globally valid strategy to exclude raw materials that serve to finance or benefit armed groups into their business processes. H.C. Starck also proved just as unambiguously that the companies have implemented the system for gap-free tracing of the raw materials processed back to the conflict-free mine.