2017 Smelters of High Concern

What is a smelter of high concern?

Source Intelligence has identified key criteria that define a smelter of high concern. These criteria include, but are not limited to geolocation, reputation, supply chain footprint, and history of human rights violations. Here are some smelters of high concern you should be aware of in 2017.

So, what can you do if you find your supply chain involves a smelter of high concern?

1. Confirm the smelter data 

Confirm the smelter data: Contact your supplier(s) associated with the smelter of high concern to make sure they are in fact sourcing from that smelter. You may also check if the smelter of high concern is used specifically for the product(s) supplied to your company.

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2. Develop Corrective Action Plan 

The OECD Due Diligence Guidance outlines steps to mitigate risk involved in working with smelters of high concern. Develop a plan with your suppliers to work through the problem with the smelter.

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3. Educate and improve processes 

The most crucial step for mitigating risk is to work with and educate the supplier and smelter on the correct processes to work by and work as a team to mitigate the risk. Educating suppliers is not an easy process, but once achieved can lead to a strong, long lasting relationship that is beneficial for both parties.

First and foremost, the fact that you’ve been proactive about identifying smelters of high concern is a great start. Now it’s time to mitigate the risk.

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