Reports of unsafe working conditions and environmental concerns in Indonesia's tin industry are concerning and are a major factor why Sony has been one of the members in the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) Tin Working Group.
The goal of the IDH Tin Working Group (TWG) is to positively contribute to addressing the sustainability challenges of tin mining and smelting in Indonesia, while recognizing the economic benefits of the sector in terms of poverty reduction.
Members of the TWG include global tin users (downstream and midstream industry), the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), the international environmental NGO Friends of the Earth, and the global tin trade association ITRI. The TWG works with local partners from the Indonesian tin industry and the Indonesian government both centrally as well as from Bangka and Belitung.
The TWG started its work in 2013, with a situational analysis conducted to better understand the issues to be addressed in the tin mining industry in Indonesia. The mission of the TWG was to develop solutions in a multi-stakeholder and inclusive way, working closely with key local industry players in 2014 and 2015. Sony will continuously support these efforts through participation in the TWG.