Karmenu Vella, the European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, has recently defined Umicore as “great example of a company that has completely reinvented itself to meet the challenges of the 21st century.”   Employing about 10,000 people and with an €11.1 billion turnover in 2016, Umicore is a stock-market-listed Belgian company. Headquarters based in Brussels and boasting a history spanning over 200 years, nowadays it is one of the leading experts on recycling complex materials (industrial and electronic waste) containing precious metals: it manages to recover 17 precious metals from over 200 input complex flows from all over the globe. Besides its activity in the recycling sector, Umicore is one of the three global leaders in the productio...