Sustainability

Our sustainability approach

Umicore is committed to sustainable business. We seek to combine economic growth with a responsible contribution to the environment and society. ‘The Umicore Way’ outlines our values and the way in which we wish to achieve our corporate goals as well as our overall commitment to the principles of sustainable development. Umicore and its predecessor companies can look back on a history of precious metal production that stretches back more than 170 years.

Most of our precious metals come from our own recycling operations

Umicore produces bars that come mostly from precious metals recovered at its own recycling facility in Hoboken, Belgium. The facility is the world’s largest recycling facility of its kind and recycles 20 valuable metals from a large range of industrial residues and end-of-life products (e.g. from electronic waste or spent catalysts).

Find out more about Umicore’s sustainability efforts as well as our conflict free and responsible supply chain.

We only need 4 tonnes of used mobile phones instead of 200 tonnes of ore to produce a goldbar of 1 kg

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Certificates

  • ISO 9001:2015

    TÜV Rheinland

  • ISO 14001:2015

    TÜV Rheinland

  • AEO (Authorised Economic Operator) certificate

    Umicore Hanau 

  • Responsible Jewellery Council certificate

    Agosi Pforzheim

  • LBMA Good Delivery Refiner (Gold)

    Umicore Hoboken

  • LBMA Good Delivery Refiner (Silver)

    Umicore Hoboken

  • LBMA Good Delivery Refiner (Gold)

    Agosi Pforzheim

  • LBMA Good Delivery Refiner (Silver)

    Agosi Pforzheim

  • LPPM Accredited Refiners (Palladium)

    Umicore Hoboken

  • LPPM Accredited Refiners (Platinum)

    Umicore Hoboken