Due Diligence in the Copper Industry

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The members of the International Copper Association (ICA) are invested in sustainable and responsible sourcing and production efforts that support the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This is driven by:

industry’s proactiveness in addressing investors’, customers’ and civil society’s concerns around ethical business conduct; and

lawmakers’ ambition to ensure through legally-binding rules that global value chains operate in a sustainable and socially responsible manner.

ICA members strive to prioritize responsible practices at every level, from worker safety to local community development to environmental protection. Their own operations and business partners are governed by a corporate code of conduct that defines the companies’ environmental, health & safety, human rights and social performance, and management systems. The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is the main sustainability reporting standard our members use to publicly report on their Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) performance.

Beyond compliance with national, regional and international laws, ICA members are invested in multiple activities, initiatives, and efforts at site-, firm-, group-, and corporation-level.

These include:

1. Incorporation of government-backed international standards and rules in corporate responsible sourcing policies and management systems

2. Uptake of voluntary industry and multi-stakeholder initiatives for the promotion of ESG good practices

3. On-the-ground corporate projects and partnerships



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