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23 Nov 2015

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

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.