Ethical Mica Sourcing
With many human rights issues arising from the mica supply chain, due diligence in sourcing is needed now more than ever. Our solutions make it easy to know your mica is coming from an ethical source.
Know Where Your Mica is Coming From
Mica is found in cosmetics, electrical products like toasters or hair-dryers, and has become a resource of choice in electronics, such as drones, phones, high-res cameras and equipment that requires important data storage capacity. While there are many Mica mines that are operating lawfully, many others are not. Unsafe working conditions plague mica mines and cause 10 to 20 deaths every month.
Easily Ensure Ethical Mica Sourcing
Through our software and our 24/7 supplier engagement team, the mica used in your products is traced to the smelter of origin. Our AI-powered platform contrasts your supply chain against our database and provides a unique risk profile for each of your suppliers so you know exactly where you could be at risk for unethical sourcing.
The Effects of Unregulated Mica
Demand for natural mica has been steadily rising, and mica mines are stepping up production. However, this increased production comes with more and more human rights violations and dismissed safety precautions.
Thousands of women and young children are exploited to keep labor costs close to nothing. Without equipment, mining is performed by hand. Miners face danger and health hazards daily and suffer life-threatening injuries.
Common Mica FAQs
What Products Use Mica?
Mica is a highly sought after mineral due to its resilience properties and is present in more and more everyday products. We find it in nearly all eyeshadows and glow-enhancing cosmetics, even more so now that more consumers seek natural ingredients. The trend of pearlescent paint finish in the car industry is also driving increased demand. Mica is a component of innocuous electrical products like toasters or hair-dryers and has become a resource of choice in electronics, such as drones, phones, high-res cameras and equipment that requires important data storage capacity.
Is Mica a Conflict Mineral?
Not yet. We’re all familiar with US due diligence and disclosure regulations and their focus on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for tin, tungsten, tantalum, and gold, but other high-demand mineral resources like mica and cobalt are extracted under conditions that are less than safe as well. Groups and organizations are currently pushing to add cobalt to the list of conflict minerals, and are beginning to fight for mica due diligence measures as well.
What Can the Source Intelligence Platform Do?
With our platform, you can easily collect and access data on high-risk areas, sort out the complexity of your supply chain data, incite your suppliers to a higher engagement level, and keep track of the reports and documents relevant to the origin of your raw materials.
Our Mica Resources
Check out our blog to learn more about mica mineral mining and what you can do to source mica ethically.