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ITRI is a non-profit organisation that represents the tin industry and is sponsored by its members who are principally miners and smelters. Its principal goal is to support use of tin and its industry in providing assistance through the iTSCi programme.

The ITRI Tin Supply Chain Initiative

ITRI Tin Supply Chain Initiative (iTSCi) is a joint initiative of governmental authorities, companies and civil society organisations. Its objective is to assist all stakeholders operating in the mining sector to gather and disclose more information on their operations (due diligence) to ensure tracability of the minerals and to prevent human rights abuses, violation of norms of security, corruption and frauds.

Any company involved in the mining supply and purchase chain (including small and medium size enterprises, cooperatives and artisanal mine sites, mineral transporters, product manufacturers, retailers and end-users) can join the iTSCi programme. The oversight role of government officials is clearly established and is key to the successful implementation of the iTSCi programme. Civil society organisations are requested to support and monitor the implementation of the iTSCi programmes. A company adhering to the iTSCi programme will have to adopt the actions, structures and necessary management systems and processes at a very practical level to comply with the requirements.

In 2014, almost 100 large and small-sized companies from extraction to international trade of tin and other conflict minerals from Central Africa region adhered to the iTSCi programme. Several companies from the end and intermediate production chain support the initiative.

iTSCi allows US companies to comply with the Dodd-Frank Act.

iTSCi includes three components:

a) Chain of custody data collection (traceability)

The iTSCi Chain of custody system includes bar-coded tags that are to be added to each bag of minerals at the first two steps of the supply chain, for instance extraction and processing. The tagging is completed by detailed data collection through specifically designed log books for each actor of the supply chain: mine; negociant and processor; comptoir and exporter. The information collected is stored on the secured iTSCi database and enables complete analysis and minerals traceability from mine to smelter in conformity with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance requirements.

b) Risk assessment

The iTSCi members have to undertake regular independent risk assessments of the supply chain operators, the operating context, the mine sites and transportation routes. This shall be achieved through field visits, document verification, whistle-blowing mechanisms through local stakeholder committees, and data analysis. The supply chain operators and other leading authorities must then manage and mitigate the risks according to the iTSCi regulation. Again this allows companies to be in conformity with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance requirements.

c) Independent third party audits.

All supply chain operators are audited each year by Channel Research.

Detailed information on the three components can be found under the iTSCi Website.

Click here to access reports, presentations, press releases, letters, and other documents related to the iTSCi project.

The EICC®-GeSI Conflict-Free Smelter Assessment Programme

iTSCi member companies reporting on their due diligence efforts to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will comply with the mineral chain of custody information required by the EICC®-GeSI Conflict-Free Smelter Assessment Programme. This will allow them to be in conformity with the US Dodd-Frank Act.

For further information on the EICC®-GeSI Conflict-Free Smelter Assessment Programme, please check this page and the programme’s website.