New IDH Tin Working Group to Explore How to Improve the Sustainability of Tin Production in Indonesia
New IDH Public-Private Indonesian Tin Working Group to explore how companies in the downstream supply chain can help improve the economic, social and environmental sustainability of Indonesian tin production.
In order to potentially add to existing efforts by the Government of Indonesia, businesses and civil society to make Indonesian tin production more formalized and economically beneficial for local communities while reducing the social and environmental impacts, the Sustainable Trade Initiative IDH (Netherlands) convened members of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition® (EICC®) and Friends of the Earth to form the IDH Indonesian Tin Working Group. The group was more recently joined by the international tin industry association (ITRI).
The IDH Indonesian Tin Working Group will bring together appropriate stakeholders best able to evaluate whether the downstream supply chain can positively influence the circumstances of tin production in Indonesia, while taking into account the views and actions of local stakeholders.
Indonesia benefits economically and socially from production of one-third of the world’s mined tin each year, the vast majority of which comes from two islands. Environmental and social costs 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.
Participating members of the IDH Indonesian Tin Working Group from the EICC, including but not limited to Apple, BlackBerry, LG Electronics, Philips, Samsung and Sony, aim to support their supply chain partners to continue sourcing tin from Indonesia while supporting sustainable growth and practices.
In order to better understand if downstream companies may be able to take constructive action on this issue, the IDH Indonesian Tin Working Group has commissioned a situational analysis and sustainability assessment of the tin sector in Bangka Belitung, Indonesia. The analysis and assessment aims to better understand the local situation and to explore ways to support sustainable growth through responsible sourcing. The focus on local tin production will be augmented by a review of the Indonesian tin supply chain. Outcomes of the analysis and assessment are intended to be shared at a multi-stakeholder workshop later in the year.
The Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) accelerates and up-scales sustainable trade by forming impact oriented coalitions of front running multinationals, civil society organizations, governments and other stakeholders. By convening the interests and strengths of different actors in the supply chains, IDH creates shared value for all partners involved.
The EICC is a coalition of the world’s leading electronics companies working together to improve efficiency and social, ethical, and environmental responsibility in the global supply chain. We enable and encourage our members to progress towards the EICC vision through a common code of conduct, collaborative efforts and shared tools and practices. For more information please visit www.eicc.info.
ITRI is the global authority on tin with over 80 years’ experience supporting producers and consumers as the primary source of tin related information. ITRI has specialist knowledge of tin use in all the major sectors as well as groups with expertise in technology, statistical and market information, regulatory affairs and sustainability.
Three national Friends of the Earth groups are part of the IDH-led process. Friends of the Earth Netherlands (Milieudefensie), Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland and Friends of the Earth Indonesia (WALHI) are environmental campaigning organisations that work with communities to protect the planet and people by bringing about change at the local, national and international level.
Estelle Levin Limited (ELL), a specialist consultancy dedicated to responsible mining and sourcing, has been commissioned to conduct the study and support the IDH-led process.