Responsible Minerals Sourcing is a process aimed at preventing the incidence of conflict minerals in our supply chain. The process is not limited only to 1st tier suppliers, but takes account of the entire supply chain, right down to the relevant raw materials (minerals).
For this reason Siemens Energy has developed a “Responsible Minerals Sourcing Policy” and integrated it into the procurement process. The company thus guarantees a uniform and enterprise-wide duty of care within the supply chain. Our approach is aligned with the risk-based requirements of the “OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas,” which also sets the standard for national and international regulations, for example in the USA and the European Union.
Siemens Energy acknowledges its responsibility within the supply chain. Like many other companies, Siemens Energy too is aware of the problem that products and components purchased from suppliers may contain minerals from conflict regions.
In order to determine the use, sources and origin of certain minerals in our supply chain, we seek to identify smelters operating within our supply chain. Here we pursue the path towards a transparent supply chain working closely with the “Responsible Minerals Initiative” (RMI, formerly known as the Conflict Free Sourcing Initiative). When seeking information from our suppliers we make use of the RMI’s “Conflict Minerals Reporting Template” (CMRT) and notify our RMI partners of the smelters identified. The initiative then checks whether the smelters identified are certified. Siemens Energy is an active member of the “Responsible Minerals Assurance Process” (formerly the Conflict Free Smelter Program), and encourages any as yet uncertified smelters to take part in audit programs, supporting them on the path toward the final audit and certification. In each case the results are communicated via the RMI website: www.responsiblemineralsinitiative.org.
We are confident that the concerted approach and the certification of smelters and refiners will boost the demand for conflict-free raw materials and increase transparency in the entire supply chain.