The IDH Tin program

Working towards ensuring more sustainable tin mining practices in Indonesia

Indonesia benefits economically from production of one-third of the world’s mined tin each year. The vast majority of which comes from the area on and around the two islands Bangka and Belitung. Environmental and social risks associated with this tin production area have been noted in several reports, including in a 2012 publication by Friends of the Earth, commented on by ITRI.

In 2013 the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) convened members of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition® (EICC®) and Friends of the Earth (FoE) to form the IDH Indonesian Tin Working Group. The group was joined at a later date by the international tin industry association (ITRI) and additional corporate members from the electronics and tinplate industries.

The purpose of this Working Group is to positively contribute to addressing the sustainability challenges of tin mining and smelting in Bangka and Belitung while recognizing the economic benefits of the sector in terms of development and poverty reduction.


The Corporate members of the IDH Indonesian Tin Working Group currently include Alpha, Arcelor Mittal, ASUS, Apple, BlackBerry, Dell, HP, LG Electronics, Microsoft, Philips, Samsung, Sony, Tata Steel. These companies aim to support their supply chain partners to continue sourcing tin from Indonesia in a way that aligns with sustainable growth and practices.


Non-profit members of the Working Group are EICC, ITRI and Friends of the Earth.


Currently the program is focusing on driving the implementation of a roadmap for responsible tin mining practices in Indonesia. Read more on the updates 2015 page. 


Next to that, the program is creating the necessary incentives that midstream and downstream tin users (Tin Working Group private members) can implement to support a lasting tin industry transformation. Read more about the Incentive Guide.  (593.5 Kb)