Conflict Minerals

Conflict Minerals

ST takes careful measures to avoid procuring 3TG metals that are directly or indirectly associated with human rights violations or environmental damage in the Democratic Republic of Congo and its neighboring countries.

ST began addressing the conflict minerals issue in 2007. As Tantalum, Tin, Tungsten and Gold are essential for our manufacturing process we have a due diligence program in place to map our supply chain and trace the origin of these materials. We require smelters within our supply chain to take part in the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI), formerly Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI) or equivalent smelter audit initiatives. In this way we do our best to obtain validated assurance that metals within our supply chain are conflict-free.

Customers who require a copy of our conflict minerals CMRT report should contact their sales respresentative or submit a request through our online support.


Mineral Sourcing in ST's supply chain


Managing conflict minerals

ST manages conflict minerals in accordance with the following legislation and best practices:

We have developed a comprehensive process to provide our customers with evidence to demonstrate our efforts to ensure that our products only contain conflict-free minerals. Further to requiring a signed commitment letter, our suppliers complete the RMI template to declare the conflict free status of all their smelters. We require this status to be third-party certified. Any new identified smelters are contacted by both ST and the supplier to invite them to join the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) program.

To know more, read:
- 2022 ST's Conflict Minerals report (SEC/EU)
ST’s Policy Statement on Conflict Minerals and Responsible Minerals Sourcing 
- Our latest Sustainability report

Grievance mechanism

We are all responsible for acting ethically.
Any grievance related to conflict minerals can be reported through our Misconduct Reporting Hotline. Operated by an independent third party provider, it is reachable 24/7 online or by phone (with a multilingual offering).
Click here to access the Misconduct Reporting Hotline Platform.