OECD commissions assessment of industry programmes to implement its guidance on responsible mineral supply chains

Author: Andrew Britton, Kumi Consulting (UK), Published on: 4 August 2016

"Conflict Minerals: OECD Puts Industry Programmes Under the Spotlight", 1 Aug. 2016

Kumi...[has been] commissioned by the OECD to undertake the first ever evaluation of industry programmes that implement the OECD’s Due Diligence Guidance on responsible mineral supply chains. This project...has two primary goals:

  1. The development of a structured methodology that can be used to assess the extent to which industry programmes are aligned to the recommendations that are set out in the OECD’s Due Diligence Guidance, both in terms of the programmes’ design and implementation.
  2. An assessment, using this methodology and resulting in a public report, of the alignment of five established industry programmes with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance.

The five industry programmes participating in this project represent the majority of the large-scale programmes covering the supply chains for ‘conflict minerals’ – tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold:

  • CFSI: The Conflict-Free Smelter Initiative...
  • DMCC: The Dubai Multi Commodity Centre’s Responsible Gold programme...
  • LBMA: The London Bullion Market Association’s Responsible Gold programme...
  • iTSCI: A joint industry programme from ITRI (the tin industry body) and the Tantalum-Niobium International Study Centre (TIC)...
  • RJC: The Responsible Jewellery Council...

...[A] multi-stakeholder Advisory Group supporting the project which includes the European Commission, Global Witness and representatives of each of the industry programmes that are being assessed.

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