A combination of political, consumer, regulatory pressures and stakeholder engagement has enabled impressive uptake of the Due Diligence Guidance since its adoption in 2011. Although the Guidance is global in scope and applicable to all minerals, the OECD’s implementation programme currently focuses on the tin, tantalum, tungsten (3Ts) and gold supply chains. The programme comprises over 500 stakeholders from governments, international organisations, the private sector, local and international civil society, and experts.
This programme helps foster peer-learning, constructive dialogue and mutual understanding of due diligence practices and associated challenges across the gold supply chain. Gold presents specific challenges due to the nature of the commodity and in particular its high value-to-volume ratio.
Gold supply chain assessments
These assessments analyse gold supply chains in Africa's Great Lakes region. They cover stakeholder awareness of supply chain risks, the Due Diligence Guidance, the level of implementation of company due diligence initiatives and related government initiatives. They draw out strategic recommendations on how to advance responsible sourcing in the gold sector to ultimately make a positive contribution to socio-economic development of producer countries and communities.
The Gold Industry Initiatives Guide demonstrates how the different industry-led codes and standards complement each other and operationalise the Due Diligence Guidance.
Gold sourcing supply chain webinars
The OECD and industry peers organised a series of training webinars targeting different actors in the gold sourcing supply chain to demystify how to implement the responsible sourcing of gold.
One of the main areas of OECD's work in the responsible sourcing of minerals is to ensure that international standards do not further marginalise workers of the informal sector. This implies working on the formalisation of Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM).
TIN TANTALUM AND TUNGSTEN (3T) IMPLEMENTATIONSimilar to the gold programme, the 3T implementation programme helps foster peer learning and constructive dialogue.
The OECD conducted a 3T pilot survey in 2012 to assist companies implementing the Due Diligence Guidance to learn from each other’s experiences and share best practices. Over 110 upstream and downstream companies participated in the survey and six reports were produced.