Sustainability Approach

Umicore's sustainable development approach comes in first instance from The Umicore Way. This document sets out the vision of the Group and the values we seek to promote and serves as a reference point for all our employees.
Supplementary to The Umicore Way, we have also developed a comprehensive framework for ethical business practice through our Code of Conduct and a document which sets out our management philosophy and governance principles - the Corporate Governance Charter.

Further detailed information can be found by clicking on the following link.


Our manufacturing site is ISO14001 (environment) certified. This means that an external auditor verifies conformance of Management system to the  ISO 14001 Standard. In addition, our manufacturing site is also a certified member of the Responsible Jewellery Council.

Umicore's Toxic Reduction Plan

Business ethics:

Umicore believes that success depends upon creating and maintaining a relationship of trust and professionalism with its main stakeholders namely its employees, commercial partners, shareholders, government authorities and the public.

Umicore's Accessibility Policy

The main purpose of Umicore’s Code of Conduct is to ensure that all persons acting on behalf of Umicore perform their activities in an ethical way and in accordance with the laws and regulations and with the standards Umicore sets through its present and future policies, guidelines and rules.

For details on the Umicore's Code of Conduct, click here

In order to advance ethical business practices in the precious metals industry, Umicore is an active member of the jewellers Vigilance Canada ( In addition, our manufacturing site is also a certified member of the Responsible Jewellery Council.

Origin of our materials: In order to comply with Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act (Conflict Mineral Provision) Umicore Precious Metals Canada and Umicore Precious Metals USA do not accept materials from the Democratic Republic of Congo or adjoining countries. In addition, Umicore requests its customers to identify whether refining lots contain mined materials such as placer gold.

Recycled Content: Umicore sources 100% pre-consumer recycled gold precious metals for its Butterfly™ recycled precious metals product line, which is certified by SCS Global Services. View certificate. Recycled Content certification independently confirms that products contain specific percentages of recycled content from pre-consumer and post-consumer sources.  Companies use recycled materials in their products to conserve natural resources and reduce solid waste streams.