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OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas

 

 

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The OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Mineral Supply Chains

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The OECD Due Diligence Guidance provides detailed recommendations to help companies respect human rights and avoid contributing to conflict through their mineral purchasing decisions and practices. This Guidance is for use by any company potentially sourcing minerals or metals from conflict-affected and high-risk areas. The OECD Guidance is global in scope, and applies to all mineral supply chains.

 

The 3rd Edition of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance was published in April 2016. This booklet contains the OECD Council Recommendation, the text of the Guidance, the 3Ts Supplement and the Gold Supplement. The updated version clarifies that the Guidance provides a framework for detailed due diligence as a basis for responsible supply chain management of minerals, including tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold, as well as all other mineral resources.  

 

In addition to the 35 OECD Members, 8 non-Members, namely Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Lithuania, Morocco, Peru and Romania, adhered to the Council Recommendation.

Overview

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An international standard

As the leading international standard, the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Mineral Supply Chains is referenced in a range of international declarations, regulations and initiatives.

 

The Mosi-oa-Tunya Declaration (FR), adopted on 13 September 2018 at the International Conference on Artisanal and Small-scale Mining and Quarrying (ASM18), called on the national, regional and international private sector to ensure production and sourcing practices do not contribute to adverse human rights or conflict and its financing, through the implementation of instruments such as the OECD Due Diligence Guidance in all mineral supply chains. Approved by five-hundred and forty-seven delegates, representing 72 nations assembled in Livingstone, Zambia, the 'Mosi' Declaration uses the traditional name of Victoria Falls and builds on earlier ASM conference declarations from Harare (1993), Washington (1996), and Yaoundé (2002).

 

In May 2017, the European Union adopted Regulation (EU) 2017/821. The Regulation lays down supply chain due diligence obligations for Union importers of tin, tantalum and tungsten, their ores, and gold originating from conflict-affected and high-risk areas in accordance with the 5 steps of the OECD Guidance. The EU Regulation will enter into force in January 2021.

 

The Chinese Due Diligence Guidelines for Responsible Mineral Supply Chains, based on the OECD Guidance, were adopted in December 2015 at a workshop in Beijing. The Guidelines are designed to align Chinese company due diligence with international standards and allow for mutual recognition with existing international initiatives and legislations.

 

In 2012, the US Securities and Exchange Commission recognised the OECD Guidance as an international framework for due diligence measures undertaken by companies that are required to file a conflict minerals report under the final rule implementing section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank legislation. The US Department of State endorses the Guidance and encourages companies to draw upon it as they establish their due diligence practices. 

Press Release: SEC Adopts Rule for Disclosing Use of Conflict Minerals

 

The Lusaka Declaration signed by 11 Heads of State of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) in December 2010 states the processes and standards of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance will be integrated into the six tools of the Regional Initiative against the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources. The governments of Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Rwanda have integrated it into their legal frameworks.

Lusaka Declaration [français]

  

The United Nations Security Council resolution 1952 (2010) supports taking forward the due diligence recommendations contained in the UN Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo final report, which endorses and relies on the OECD Guidance. Numerous United Nations Security Council resolutions on the Democratic Republic of Congo – 2389(2017), 2360(2017), 2339(2017), 2293(2016), 2262(2016), 2198(2015), 2136(2014) 2078(2012) and 2021(2011) – and on Cote d’Ivoire - 2219 (2015)2153 (2014), 2101 (2013) cite the OECD Guidance and encourage all States, particularly those in the region, to continue to raise awareness of the due diligence guidelines, and to stakeholders in the supply chain to exercise due diligence.

 

Industry programmes based on the Guidance

Although individual companies bear the primary responsibility for implementation of due diligence, industry actors have developed a series of programmes specifically focusing on the smelting / refining stage, which has been identified by relevant stakeholders as the ‘choke point’ of 3TG supply chains. Five of the leading  programmes have been assessed for their alignment with the Guidance and are currently undergoing revisions based on the recommendations of the assessment. These programmes together account for over 90%  of gold refining, 95% of tantalum and 85% of tin production.

 

Contact

tyler.gillard@oecd.org

 

 

 In focus 

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13th Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains

 

23-25 April 2019, Paris

The 13th Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains will take place from 23-25 April 2019 at the OECD Conference Centre in Paris. The Forum will feature sessions on measuring impact and driving change, opportunities and challenges related to specific minerals such as diamonds, base metals, cobalt and gold, and regulatory and policy updates related to responsible sourcing. 

 

L’or à la croisée des chemins : Étude d’évaluation des chaînes d’approvisionnement en or produit au Burkina Faso, au Mali et au Niger

L’objectif général de l’étude est de promouvoir la responsabilité des acteurs économiques, la traçabilité et la transparence dans les chaînes d’approvisionnement en minerais d’or produits dans les États membres de l’ALG. 

 

LME proposes requirements for responsible sourcing of metal in listed brandsThe OECD joined the LME Metals Seminar 2018 to talk about “Action on responsible sourcing - how the metals industry is addressing the issues”, together with the Responsible Business Alliance, Global Witness and the International Copper Association.   

 

Public Consultation for the Revision of the ICGLR Regional Certification Mechanism (RCM)The RCM sets forth the rules and procedures for mine-site inspections, chain of custody systems, and exporter audits for 3TG from the Great Lakes Region. The deadline for comments on the revised draft is 7 October 2018.     

 

CRAFT: a path toward responsible sourcing and progressive improvement in artisanal miningCRAFT was designed to closely reflect the risks outlined in the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas, as well as other major issues of concern from industry and civil society.  

 

OECD Portal for Supply Chain Risk Information                          As implementation of OECD Portal for Supply Chain Risk Information the Guidance expands, stakeholders are asking for tools to help identify these risks. The Portal will help companies understand risks in their supply chains and to prioritise those risks to enable a more efficient and effective due diligence process. A beta version is expected to go online by early 2019.

 

The due diligence guidance in a nutshell

 

Responsible Minerals Initiative / Responsible Minerals Assurance Process 

 DMCC’s Responsible Sourcing of Precious Metals

International Tin Supply Chain Initiative (ITSCI) 

London Bullion Market Association’s Program

 

Responsible Jewellery Council’s Certification

 

World Gold Council’s Conflict-Free Gold Standard

 

 

 


Minerals due diligence tools and materials


Due diligence guidance
 
Minerals alignment assessment 
 
Sourcing gold from artisanal and small scale miners 
 
Due diligence flyer
 

 Due Diligence Guidance cover page 150x216

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Minerals Alignment Assessment Cover Preliminary 150x212

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FAQ on sourcing gold from artisanal and small scale miners 150x213

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Responsible Mineral Supply Chains Flyer 150x212

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Practical actions for worst forms of child labour in mineral supply chains
 
Due diligence in Colombia's gold supply chain
 
Mineral supply chain and conflict links in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo
 
Chinese due diligence guidelines for responsible mineral supply chains
 

Practical actions for worst forms child labour mining sector 150x212

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Due diligence in colombia gold supply chain 150x212

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 Mineral Supply Chains DRC Due Diligence 150x212

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 Chinese due diligence guidelines 150x212

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