The International Wrought Copper Council (IWCC) today welcomed the launch of the Copper Mark’s pilot scheme for semis-fabricators.

The Copper Mark is the assurance framework to promote responsible practices and demonstrate the copper industry’s contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.  The pilot scheme will build on the work already undertaken by the Copper Mark, and supported by the IWCC, to engage with semis-fabricators and raise awareness around responsible sourcing practices.

The pilot scheme will eventually enable semis-fabricators to better respond to increasing investor, corporate and customer demands for responsibly sourced copper.  The Copper Development Association (CDA) also welcomed the launch.

The Copper Mark has committed to formally launch their assurance framework for use by all entities in the copper supply chain up to and including semis-fabricators by 2023.

Further information on the Copper Mark and the pilot-scheme for semis-fabricators is available from the Copper Mark website here.

Mark Loveitt, President of the IWCC and Member of the Copper Mark Board, said:

“The launch of the Copper Mark’s pilot scheme this year – and the forthcoming official launch of the assurance framework for semis-fabricators in 2023 – responds to the growing demand for responsible sourcing practices and their independent verification. The IWCC is excited to work with the Copper Mark to increase awareness of responsible sourcing practices among fabricators and the wider copper value chain.”

Michèle Brülhart, Executive Director of the Copper Mark, said:

“We are delighted to be launching in 2021 the assurance process pilot scheme for semis-fabricators, which will help to ensure a smooth expansion to other semis-fabricator sites in 2023 and further advance responsible sourcing practices. We welcome the support of the IWCC and CDA for the pilot scheme, and we look forward to working closely with them to promote uptake for the pilot scheme.”