8.3.1. Raw materials
As a large chemical manufacturer, Solvay uses raw materials from a range of suppliers and sources: it used or purchased over 4.8 million tons in 2017. The Solvay group transforms large quantities of petrochemicals and uses large amounts of water.
Conflict-free minerals policy
Solvay supports increased supply chain transparency and sources conflict-free minerals: Solvay is concerned that the trade in tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold - and the metals refined from such minerals (referred to as 3TGs) - mined in certain conflict affected and high risk regions, including but not limited to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and its adjoining countries, may be contributing to human rights abuses. We pledge to continue working to verify the integrity of our sourcing, and to support the actions of governments, our customers and suppliers toward this end on a global basis. To the extent that our suppliers fail to meet our expectations in this regard, Solvay will take these factors into consideration in future business and sourcing decisions.