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


Helping companies source minerals responsibly

The OECD Due Di‌ligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas provides detailed recommendations to help companies respect human rights and avoid contributing to conflict through their mineral purchasing decisions and practices. The Due Diligence Guidance is for use by any company potentially sourcing minerals or metals from conflict-affected and high-risk areas.

It is one of the only international frameworks available to help companies meet their due diligence reporting requirements.

‌Latest reports

The Chinese Due Diligence Guidelines for Responsible Mineral Supply Chains were launched on 2 December 2015. They are designed to align Chinese company due diligence with international standards.

The Report on Mineral supply chain and conflict links in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo was launched on 19 November 2015. It takes stock of 5 years of implementation of the supply chain due diligence in RDC.


Report: Chinese Due Diligence Guidelines for Responsible Mineral Supply Chains, 2 December 2015, available in English and Chinese

Report: Mineral supply chain and conflict links in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, 19 November 2015 | français

Meeting: 2015 International Workshop on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains, 2-3 December 2015

Blog: Unlinking minerals and conflict in the Eastern Congo, 25 November 2015   

BGR Study: Assessing and enhancing the contribution of SMEs to due diligence for responsible mineral supply chains, 11 August 2015   







Text of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance

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  한국인  |  日本の | Türk

This booklet contains the OECD Council Recommendation, the text of the Guidance, the 3Ts Supplement and the Gold Supplement.

The OECD Council Recommendation was revised in 2012 to include the Gold Supplement. While not legally-binding, the Recommendation reflects the common position and political commitment of adhering countries which include all 34 OECD countries, and 9 non-OECD countries (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Latvia, Lithuania, Morocco, Peru, and Romania). 




Obtaining ICGLR Certification - ‌simplified guide for companies

English | Français | Ngala

官话 | Swahilii

This booklet 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. Based on the 5-step framework in the OECD Due Diligence Guidance, it is designed for companies looking to boost their business by becoming certified under the ICGLR Certification Scheme.

An international standard

On 22 August 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 sec 1502 of the Dodd-Frank legislation. Read the press release

The US Department of State endorses the Guidance and encourages companies to draw upon it as they establish their due diligence practices. Statement signed by Under Secretaries Hormats and Otero.

The United Nations Security Council resolution 1952 (2010) supports taking forward the due diligence recommendations contained in the final report of  the UN Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which endorses and relies on the OECD Due Diligence Guidance.

The Lusaka Declaration [ français ] 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. To intensify co-operation, a Memorandum of Understanding between the OECD and the ICGLR was signed on 13 December 2010. G8 leaders and African countries encouraged full implementation of the Lusaka Declaration at the Deauville G8 summit on 26-27 May 2011. G8/Africa joint declaration.



Tyler Gillard
Legal Advisor and Project Head 
OECD Investment Division




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