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Material Change, a new report commissioned by a coalition of automaker and supplier associations, evaluates 37 different commodities on a variety of risk categories to enable comparisons across materials and industries.
The report creates a heatmap of various minerals’ association with environmental, social and governance “issues” that could be problematic for companies. It finds, for example, Tantalum is a high risk mineral on nearly all categories but is more a concern for electronics supply chains than automotive ones.
“One of the biggest obstacles to setting and implementing strategies for responsible sourcing is getting access to reliable current data and analysis on the environmental and social dimensions of material production and processing,” The Dragonfly Initiative wrote in its announcement of the report.