Responsible Sourcing


Responsible and sustainable production practices are a priority for Nickel Institute member companies. Responsible sourcing programs are being developed by upstream and downstream sectors aimed, in many cases, at ensuring that they do not contribute to human rights abuses or conflict. Many of these programs are based on the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High Risk Areas (OECD DDG).
The NI supports its members by building on existing frameworks and commitments, advocating for responsible sourcing tools and standards that are in line with internationally recognized standards for the responsible production and sourcing of minerals, such as the OECD Due Diligence Guidelines. The NI does not provide independent frameworks or tools, or operate an accreditation role or provide certification to companies. It remains the individual company’s responsibility to demonstrate responsible production and compliance with responsible sourcing programs.


  • We support the ethical production of nickel to address Environmental, Social & Corporate Governance (ESG) risks

  • We support the development of a coherent and consistent approach to responsible sourcing tools and standards in order to facilitate compliance of NI members with various responsible sourcing frameworks such as e.g., LME and Responsible Steel

  • As many of our members are multi-metal producers we advocate for credible tools and standards that are applicable to multiple metals and accepted by all stakeholders


The Nickel Institute has joined with the Copper Mark, the International Lead Association (ILA), the International Zinc Association (IZA), and the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) in publishing a Joint Due Diligence Standard (available in English, Chinese, Japanese, Russian and Spanish) for copper, lead, nickel and zinc. The five organizations collaborated to issue the Joint Standard to enable companies to comply with the London Metal Exchange (LME) Responsible Sourcing requirements. The Joint Standard takes into account the risk profile of copper, lead, nickel and zinc supply chains and is designed to enable effective due diligence for producers and/or traders of these metals. It builds on existing standards and looks to provide flexibility for multi-metal producers to include any associated metal products of their site(s) as needed.

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