We employ careful measures to prevent the procurement of minerals that are connected, either directly or indirectly, to the risks identified in Annex 2 of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Guidance.
Our objective is to secure that the metals in our supply chain are responsibly sourced and conflict free- and therefore, we communicate our policy to all first-tier suppliers and subcontractors. We require them to exclusively source from smelters that have been verified by a recognized program, thus obtaining validated assurance.
We have been addressing responsible mineral sourcing since 2007 by implementing internal controls on our primary suppliers. In addition, we collaborate with industry-wide initiatives through our membership in the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) and our active participation in the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI).
To fulfill our requirements, we have established a due diligence process that aligns with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance, incorporating RMI tools and resources.
Sourcing responsible minerals is a high priority for us in ST. We publicly report our progress on this topic through our annual Sustainability report and Conflict Minerals report as filed with the SEC and EU Regulations.
Upon request, we provide customers with in-depth information regarding our supply chain sources and validation. This information is shared through the widely recognized RMI reporting templates, the Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT) and the Extended Minerals Reporting Template (EMRT). These templates provide a comprehensive overview of our sourcing practices, promoting transparency.
We continuously monitor our supply chain and regularly evaluate our mineral usage and processes. Our aim is not only to comply with legal requirements but also to minimize our impact on ethical and sustainable aspects.
Electrical conductivity and corrosion resistance. Facilitates ohmic contact.
Thermal and electrical conductivity. Increases transistor speed.
Electrical conductivity, corrosion resistance, lightweight. Electronic solder for joining circuit boards.
Thermal stability, conductivity, corrosion resistance. Excellent insulator for high-tech capacitors.
Enables to operate at smaller sizes.
Low power loss factor, insulation, resistance to high voltage.
Launch of the Responsible Minerals activity in ST
International Conference on the Great Lakes Region and Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (Future RMI)
First draw of the Dodd-Frank Act & OECD due diligence guidelines for companies
First ST CMRT declaration and RMI membership
The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) draft regulations
First ST participation to the Cobalt pilot program to create the Cobalt Reporting Template (CRT)
Regulation (EU) 2017/821 passed
First ST CRT declaration
ST’s first DAP obtention and first EMRT declaration
Regulation (EU) 2017/821 application
Any grievance related to responsible minerals can be reported through our “Speak Up” Ethics Hotline.
The hotline is managed by an independent third-party provider and offers assistance 24/7 in multiple languages online or by phone.