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Aidenvironment Report: Legacy report of the IDH Indonesia Tin Working Group

Since 2013 the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) convened the Indonesia Tin Working Group to address the sustainability challenges of tin mining and smelting in Indonesia while recognizing the economic benefits of the sector. IDH partnered with Aidenvironment to capture the journey, challenges and accomplishments of the Tin Working Group.

Tin is used in everything from smartphones to cars, and from food packaging to solar cells. Nearly a third of all tin produced comes from Indonesia, and most of that is mined on and around two islands off the east coast of Sumatra called Bangka and Belitung. However, there are a number of sustainability challenges in the sector. In response to the sustainability challenges, IDH convened the Indonesia Tin Working Group. Its membership consist of the most prominent consumer electronics brands, tinplate companies, industry associations and Friends of the Earth. The program focuses on driving the implementation of a roadmap for responsible tin mining in Indonesia. Next to that, the program is creating the necessary incentives that midstream and downstream tin users can implement to support a lasting tin industry transformation. This year, the international convening role for the Indonesia Tin Working Group has been transferred from IDH to the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC).

The result of Aidenvironment’s research, interviews and analysis can be found in this final program report.

For more information, please contact Jan Willem Molenaar.