Tantalum is extensively used in products that require high reliability in extreme environments. The metal is commonly found in capacitors and super alloys that are applied in many electronics, automotive and aerospace products. More than half of the world’s tantalum is mined in Africa, including artisanal mining operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and its neighboring countries. Tantalum is covered by regulations related to “conflict minerals” in the United States and the European Union.
What We Do
The RMI provides tools and resources to help companies make sourcing decisions that improve regulatory compliance and support responsible sourcing globally, in accordance with the internationally recognized frameworks of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
The RMI’s Responsible Minerals Assurance Process (RMAP) provides independent third-party assessments through an OECD-aligned industry mechanism for tantalum smelters. Tantalum smelters were the first adopters of the RMAP program and have been actively participating since 2010.
The RMI engages the tantalum industry, smelters and other stakeholders along tantalum value chains to promote complementarity of programs and support responsible sourcing initiatives in conflict-affected and high-risk areas.
What You Can Do
Learn more about the actions you can take to promote responsible tantalum sourcing:
- Map your tantalum supply chain using our reporting template.
- Support the industry program for third-party assessments of tantalum smelters.
- Consult the list of tantalum smelters that are active or conformant with the RMAP requirements.
- Identify and address risks using the Risk Readiness Assessment and the Country Risk Assessment Tool or consult the resources available to help you identify high-risk areas in mineral supply chains.
- Learn more about the RMI’s programs to support smelters using the Initial Audit Fund and the Upstream Due Diligence Fund.
Engage peers, industry organizations and stakeholders to develop, share and utilize tools and resources for responsible minerals sourcing.
For more information, please contact Catherine Tyson.