H.C. Starck’s strategy for procuring raw materials is based on two principles: the continuous expansion of recycling activities, and the purchase of raw materials exclusively from suppliers with environmentally and socially sound business practices.

The stringent, globally applicable procurement guidelines detailed in the Responsible Supply Chain Management System (RSCM) guarantee that H.C. Starck buys raw materials only from suppliers who comply with strict requirements with regard to environmental protection, occupational safety and social responsibility.

Here H.C. Starck refers, among other things, to the positions set out by the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). And H.C. Starck won’t budge a single inch from this stance, even when faced with a shortage of resources, export quotas, and price fluctuations.

H.C. Starck’s tungsten supply chain has been declared free of “conflict minerals” following an independent audit by a third party auditor assigned by the Conflict Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI), a joint effort by the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI).