Companies speak out in support of a mandatory EU responsible mineral sourcing scheme

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The impacts of mineral trade on conflict and human rights are well-documented and human rights NGOs have called on the EU to introduce a strong mandatory due diligence scheme to tackle these links.

On 20 May, the European Parliament positioned itself in support of a mandatory due diligence scheme for downstream and upstream companies that sell tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold – in any form – in the EU.  Now the Council is debating a joint position in order to start informal negotiations with the Parliament and is expected to conclude its position by mid-December.

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited companies to share statements of support for a mandatory scheme. To date the following companies have made such statements:

  1. Telenor
  2. Novo Nordisk

See below for full statements. To join these companies by issuing a statement, please contact [email protected]

Further information: Statements by investors & others regarding a mandatory scheme / Other company perspectives by Philips and Alcatel-Lucent.

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Company response
23 November 2015

Novo Nordisk statement

Author: Novo Nordisk

We support a mandatory reporting mechanism for European companies that manufacture or contract to manufacture products containing 3TG necessary to product functionality or manufacture.  The reporting mechanism should mirror the US Securities and Exchange Commission requirements to ensure a consistent international framework.

Company response
23 November 2015

Telenor's statement

Author: Telenor

As a mobile operator, Telenor Group does not produce any physical products that might contain conflict minerals, but we recognize the importance of this issue in our value chain.  Telenor Group supports a mandatory responsible mineral sourcing regime, and we work closely together with our Branch organizations (GeSi, JAC and GSMA).