April 2018 - Risks of contributing to conflict financing, human rights abuses, and financial crime are regularly reported across different mineral supply chains. The OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals addresses risks in all mineral supply chains and in all geographies. As implementation of the Guidance expands to minerals beyond 3T&G, stakeholders are asking for tools to help identify these risks. This is the motivation for developing the OECD Portal for Supply Chain Risk Information. 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.
The Portal will support implementation of steps one and two of the 5-Step due diligence process. These steps are structured around the actions companies should take to identify the factual circumstances involved in the extraction, transport, handling, trading, processing, smelting, refining and alloying, manufacturing or selling of products that contain minerals originating from conflict-affected and high-risk areas.
Supply chain information
-The main industrial uses for the mineral (as well as the intermediate and end products, as feasible).
-The structure of the supply chain, indicating the various steps of production/processing/trade, and a typology of the actors involved at each step.
-World production, trade and consumption data, as well as prices (where available).
-Artisanal and small scale mining data (where available).
-Information on existing supply chain initiatives or programmes associated with the natural resource that could help companies implement specific aspects of due diligence.
Contextualised, country specific information on the risks identified in Annex II of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance. Information will be presented in the form of links and excerpts of authoritative reports from international, regional and non-governmental organisations. This will include risks of serious human rights abuses, child labour or forced labour, sexual violence, conflict and insecurity, and financial crime (corruption, money laundering, tax evasion).
Third party reports of risk
The primary purpose of the Portal is to assist companies in carrying out due diligence by providing information about Annex II risks that could lead those companies to ask further questions and conduct a thorough review of what is alleged to have occurred. As such, the Portal will provide links to publicly available third party reports of Annex II risks related to particular mineral supply chains. While the individual facts of some reports may or may not be true, the nature of the reports is deemed sufficient to suggest that enhanced due diligence by a company may be warranted.