Responsibility extends beyond zinc,

it is about caring for society. 

About Material Stewardship

Material stewardship is an ethic that embodies the responsible management of resources – in case of zinc it is the metal itself and all resources associated with its production, use and recycling. In practice, materials stewardship is about :

  • Understanding the social, environmental and economic impacts of your material as it moves through its life cycle from mining to use and through to the end of its life.
  • Developing relationships with other actors along the life cycle who can promote the benefits and appropriate use of your material or who can minimize risks to human health and the environment.
  • Acting on appropriate stewardship activities for the part of the life cycle you directly control.

Why Material Stewardship matters to IZA

IZA as an association has no direct influence on production or use of zinc. In the above sense of practical material stewardship, IZAs role is to analyze impacts, interact with its member companies and with zinc users, and work with both towards a responsible and sustainable use of zinc and its associated resources.

For us material stewardship goes beyond responsible management. Trustworthiness, credibility and, transparency are attributes that for us are mandatory prerequisites for material stewardship.

This attitude was manifested in the IZA Sustainability Charter and the underlaying Guiding Principles already in 2001 and was updated in 2011. It is also reflected in our mission statement.

IZA is the Knowledge Hub

Understanding impacts and material cycles is key to responsible management and improvement:

IZA Connects

Materials Stewardship is a key framework condition, where all stakeholders have a shared responsibility. IZA links the actors along zinc’s life cycle and provides knowledge.

IZA and the UN SDGs

Zinc Saves Kids

Zinc is a critical element for child growth and development, and the proper functioning of the immune system.

With Zinc Saves Kids, IZA supports a UNICEF program focused malnutrition and deficiencies. In Peru the coverage of the use of zinc for the treatment of diarrhea in children under 5 years of age was increased from 30.2% in 2014 to 47% in 2016 [2].