Policy on Sustainable Raw Materials
ARITEX CADING, S.A, hereinafter ARITEX, is committed to responsible and transparent business conduct. We hold our supply chain and every stakeholder accountable in any abuse of the processes of raw material extraction, processing, refining and transportation, beside to defend and promote for respect, tolerance as well as cultural openness and accepts responsibility for employment, prosperity, society and environment. We envision a future where all raw materials, unbounded by specific materials or locations, are sourced from responsible suppliers.
The “Sustainability in Supplier Relations” concept will be distributed to our suppliers beside all environmental and safety requirements delivery from the beginning of our relationship. An essential component of this concept is the sustainability requirements of ARITEX, which comprise environmental protection, human and worker’s rights, transparent business relations and fair competition as well as due diligence for supply chains of minerals from conflict affected regions. These requirements are part of contracts with all business partners and have to be passed on to sub suppliers in the supply chain. Additionally, the compliance with these requirements will be implemented through suppliers’ audits and requirements of self questionnaires. ARITEX uses all the available tools to enable the sensitization and development of its suppliers for sustainability. Thus, with this concept, ARITEX assumes environmental, economic and social responsibility, together with its business partners, along the supply chain.
Aritex work with its suppliers to identify key raw materials and it sources where they are extracted and harvested. Our supply chain due diligence efforts align with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict Affected and High Risk Areas. ARITEX complement our supply chain information with independent research, third party materials, and country risk information to develop complete risk profiles for key materials used in our installations. This allows us to prioritize and focus our efforts accordingly.
Additionally, in cases of suspicion, ARITEX expects its suppliers to disclose the origin of materials, which are connected to potential human rights violations such as, for example, child labor, compulsory or forced labor and any kind of modern slavery and human trafficking. These expectations especially apply to raw material mining and extraction, for example cobalt or mica.
The suppliers are requested to meet their due diligence obligations along the supply chain. This includes the implementation of measures that ensure that the minerals used by suppliers – particularly tin, tantalum, tungsten, gold and cobalt – do not contribute to the direct or indirect support of armed conflicts or are in connection with violations of human rights.
October 31th, 2019 CEO