Trade and investment in natural mineral resources hold great potential for generating
income, growth and prosperity, sustaining livelihoods and fostering local development.
However, a large share of these resources is located in conflict affected and high-risk
areas. In these areas, exploitation of natural mineral resources is significant and
may contribute, directly or indirectly, to armed conflict, gross human rights violations
and hinder economic and social development. The OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible
Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas provides step-by-step
management recommendations endorsed by governments for global responsible supply chains
of all minerals, in order for companies to respect human rights and avoid contributing
to conflict through their mineral or metal purchasing decisions and practices. The
Due Diligence Guidance for minerals may be used by any company potentially sourcing
any minerals or metals from conflict-affected and high-risk areas, and is intended
to cultivate transparent, conflict-free supply chains and sustainable corporate engagement
in the minerals sector.