Humanium Metal by IM is a supply chain distributing metal from destructed firearms, making it available for commercial production.


IM Swedish Development Partner was founded in 1938 and has vast experience of working in countries struggling with armed violence. Humanium Metal by IM was initiated in the spirit of goal 16 in Agenda 2030, recognizing how illegal firearms is undermining a sustainable and democratic development.


The World’s Most Valuable Metal.

There are hundred of millions of illegal firearms in the world. As a result, someone is shot every minute. Armed violence is a global epidemic that hits developing countries especially hard. Humanium Metal by IM is a new material made of recycled metal from gun destruction programs. The metal is melted and moulded into units, which are then made available for commercial production.

Armed violence is a worldwide problem accounting for more than 1,500 deaths each day. Every year at least 500.000 people are killed by firearms, making small arms true “weapons of mass destruction”.

The costs of armed violence extend beyond the loss of human life and physical harm. Given the variety of impacts that violence can have on a society, measuring the social and economic consequences of armed violence is complex. The global economic costs of armed violence run into the hundreds of billions of dollars annually. The global cost of insecurity generated by armed violence is estimated at $400 billion annually, and it could decrease the GDP growth of an average economy by at least two per cent per year.

Humanium Metal by IM is produced under the control of relevant public authorities and have been destroyed in accordance with national legislation.

The first weapons destruction program dedicated to Humanium Metal by IM was held in November 2016 in El Salvador. Working closely with the Salvadoran authorities, IM produced 1 ton of Humanium Metal by IM. The latest weapon destruction dedicated to Humanium Metal by IM took place in November 2017, melting 1825 illegal firearms. A new destruction program is planned in Guatemala in early 2018.

We supply Humanium Metal to brands, designers and artists world wide.   For brand collaborations, please contact:

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IM Swedish Development Partner has a long history of working in countries where gun violence is undermining development. In order to fight the spread of illegal weapons, as well as find new ways to deliver financial support for victims, IM sought a completely new way to address the problem, by seeking the support of the most influential lobbying group known – Consumers. IM has spent more than two years establishing a supply chain for Humanium Metal by IM that meets industry standards, as well as developing close ties with governments and local NGOs in countries affected by armed violence.

Humanium Metal by IM is part of IM Swedish Development Partner’s strategy to help fulfil United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development.

In short

Humanium Metal by IM is a new material made of recycled metal from gun destruction programs which are then made available for commercial production.

All products made with Humanium Metal by IM create new sources of funding for victims and projects aiming to rebuild conflict-torn societies.

Humanium Metal by IM will generate local income generation, contributing to long-term positive effects on economic realities and prosperity for affected societies.

A Humanium Metal by IM based product not only delivers vital financial support to affected individuals and countries, it also carries a strong ethical message.

Consumers who purchase Humanium Metal by IM products, will be part of the solution to one of the world’s greatest problems.

From Mass Destruction To Mass Production

By using Humanium Metal by IM, your brand can help the world become a more peaceful place. Anything made out of any metal today can carry a message of peace tomorrow. Destroyed firearms can be recycled into components for buildings, machines or furniture; items of jewellery, buttons, utensils, tools, nails, screws, or even bicycles.

Our mission is to supply brands, artists and designers with Humanium Metal by IM to be transformed into a multitude of projects. Reaching many different markets and people, we hope to spread awareness of the devastating impact of illegal firearms and armed violence, as well as generate funds urgently needed to empower people living in conflict-torn societies.

As part of the solution to this humanitarian crisis, Humanium Metal by IM can truly be said to be the most valuable metal in the world.


In November 2016, IM Swedish Development Partner introduced Humanium Metal by IM, the worlds´ most valuable metal. Humanium Metal by IM is made from destructed illegal firearms and available for commercial mass-production. IM has since then worked closely with five Swedish brands and IMs partner organizations to explore production of Humanium Metal by IM-based products.

Hans Blix

Small arms are weapons of mass destruction.
I support the Humanium Metal initiative as an important action towards a more civilized world.

Hans Blix
Swedish diplomat

countries most affected by gun violence

Firearm-related death rate per 100,000 population per year:


How To Buy Humanium Metal

Companies interested in producing products using Humanium Metal are asked to submit an official request. All companies will sign partner contacts with IM Swedish Development Partner. Please apply here.

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Humanium Metal By IM has started a number of collaborations with the private sector.

Founded in 2007 by four friends with the goal to change the attitudes in the watch industry that they thought was too focused on status and tradition. They started the company TRIWA (Transforming the Industry of Watches) with the purpose to transform the watch into a modern style symbol through a combination of classic silhouettes and contemporary Scandinavian simplicity.

For over 400 years Skultuna has produced fine metal objects of the highest quality for both everyday use and for special occasions. Always with that same sense of quality, function and design Skultuna today creates tomorrow’s antiques.

A Day's March offers clean-cut menswear basics and wardrobe staples of the highest quality, at a friendly price. They are continuously striving to produce clothes in an ever more fair and environmentally friendly way. They work with trusted and licensed producers, mainly in Europe.

Le Cord™ was born in 2013 as a project under Local Electronics (LE), which is a Stockholm based design and research studio.  Our collection of premium charge & sync cables currently holds a wide style range made of various materials like textiles, leather and wood. 

YEVO Labs is a Stockholm-based innovation lab at the vanguard of consumer tech, creating and marketing the future of audio. YEVO Labs was born from the creators of Happy Plugs. Founded in 2011 in Stockholm, Sweden - Happy Plugs has developed a strong international appeal by defining its own mix of design and tech. As one the global market leader in fashion tech Happy Plugs is an influential force in the consumer electronics industry.

Arild Links founded in the small village of Arild in the southern part of Sweden. A joint venture between a second-generation gold-smith and entrepreneurs, all with the ambition of disrupting the traditional and uniform jewel-industry.

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Gun violence is a big threat to South Africa’s democracy, and a major stumbling block to the realisation of a fully shared humanity.
The Humanium Metal Initiative is one contribution towards achieving a nonviolent future.

Desmond Tutu
Archbishop Emeritus

How we certify Humanium Metal

The Humanium Metal by IM is based on maintaining close involvement cooperation with public authorities and local organisations.

The metal comes from seized firearms, in the control of relevant public authorities and cleared for destruction by competent legal representatives.

Technical specification of metal can be provided for each single batch of melted firearms, in accordance with the documentation handed out by the melting plant.

The work of IM is continuously monitored by the external entity “Swedish Fundraising Control”,


Humanium Metal designers

Humanium Metal by IM has started collaborating with some of Sweden’s most distinguished designers all who will help explore the possibilities with Humanium Metal and help develop future product designs. 

Ingegerd Råman

Ingegerd Råman is one of Sweden's most renowned designers of glass and ceramics. Simplicity and timelessness are the key characteristics of her work that have helped Råman enjoy a career of longevity and success.
Råman has designed for several important Scandinavian and international manufacturers, most notably Johanfors Glass, Skruf and Orrefors. Her work is exhibited by museums such as the National Museum of Fine Arts in Stockholm, the Corning Glass Museum,Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

Alexander Lervik

Alexander Lervik has been working as a product designer for 15 years. His work is characterised by innovation, humour, passion, unruliness and intensity. From his design studio in Södermalm, Stockholm, Lervik collaborates with some of the foremost Swedish and international producers, including: Designhouse Stockholm, Johanson Design, Skandiform, Zero, Saas Instruments in Finland and Italy’s Moroso.

Eric Ericson

Eric Ericson is a Swedish designer, artist, publisher, author and play writer. Eric has published many critically acclaimed books and is the co-founder of the publishing company Orosdi-Back. As a designer Eric has has successfully launched products together with Svenskt Tenn.

Claesson Koivisto Rune

Claesson Koivisto Rune is a Swedish architectural partnership, founded in Stockholm, in 1995, by Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto and Ola Rune. It started as an architectural firm, but has since become an internationally-acclaimed, multi-disciplinary office with an equal emphasis on both architecture and design. Project categories include buildings, hotels, homes, shops, offices, exhibitions, kitchens, sanitary ware, tableware, glassware, furniture, textiles, tiles, lighting, electronics, candy and even a trophy (the Swedish TV-prize Kristallen).

Partner organisations

Humanium Metal by IM is based on a close collaboration with governments, authorities and local NGO:s. We are proud to be working with these esteemed partner organisations:

Institute of Education for Sustainable Development


network of survivors and people with disabilities

El Salvador

School of Industrial Design in Lund university

Lund, Sweden

The International Action Network on Small Arms


Sweden's Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Stockholm, Sweden

Asociación Nuevo Amanecer

El Salvador

Embassy of Guatemala

Stockholm, Sweden

Transitions Foundation


Embassy of El Salvador

Stockholm, Sweden

World Fair Trade Organization

Stockholm, Sweden

The Parliamentary Forum on SALW


Red de Sobrevivientes

El Salvador


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During 2017-2018 the humanium metal initiative has been awarded:

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