Work is underway to ensure the widest possible dissemination of the Guidance and its active use by companies throughout the mineral supply chain (3Ts and gold), industry associations, financial institutions, and civil society organisations.
Implementing the Guidance in Africa's Great Lakes region
The 3Ts pilot implementation programme
From May 2011 to August 2012, the OECD, the ICGLR, and the UN Group of Experts on the DRC worked together on the pilot implementation of the Guidance and its 3Ts Supplement by companies sourcing minerals from Africa's Great Lakes region.
>> Read the action plan adopted in May 2011.
Over 100 companies, both upstream and downstream, and industry associations volunteered to take part. Participating companies have demonstrated how they perform supply chain due diligence through a peer learning process intended to help them meet reporting obligations and the expectations of managers, customers, regulators and the public.
The reports identify concrete best practices and helpful implementation tools to further assist companies to respect human rights and avoid contributing to conflict through their mineral or metal purchasing decisions and practices.
Gold Supplement Implementation Programme
The gold programme of activities, launched in May 2013, brings together key players across the gold supply chain, including OECD and partner countries, implementing governments, regional and international organisations, civil society, industry and other experts.
Like the Tin, Tantalum and Tungsten (3T) pilot implementation programme, the gold implementation programme will help foster peer-learning, constructive dialogue, and mutual understanding on due diligence practices and associated challenges across the supply chain. It will also help facilitate discussions around workable solutions to due diligence implementation, including the possible design of innovative market opportunities for responsibly sourced gold from conflict-affected and high risk areas, in particular from artisanal and small-scale sources.
While the primary geographic focus would be on gold sourced from Africa’s Great Lakes region, the gold implementation programme may include activities covering other regions, given the global scope of the OECD Guidance. The gold implementation programme is a voluntary exercise which will take place over an initial 12 month period, with possible extension.
Text of the Guidance
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This guide explains the basics of upstream due diligence in the supply chain of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold from conflict-affected and high-risk areas in Africa’s Great Lakes region.
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