Minerals

In order to achieve a major impact on the responsible supply of minerals and also to facilitate the actions developed in collaboration with our suppliers, we actively participate in various existing initiatives in the sector. Among them is the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) Extractives Working Group.

 

This Group has developed a range of programmes which aims to guarantee the traceability of minerals used, from the moment of extraction to the final product, as well as initiatives which move transparency in the supply chain.

 

Global and Regional initiatives Main organisation involved Aim Type
OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict Affected and High-Risk Areas Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Provides recommendations for responsible action in supply chains of minerals on a global scale. It helps companies respect human rights and avoid contributing to conflict through their mineral or metal purchasing decisions and practices. It promotes accountability and transparency in terms of conflict minerals within the supply chain. http://www.oecd.org/investment/mne/mining.htm Voluntary
United Nations Due Diligence Guide to mitigate the risk of direct or indirect support of the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. UN Group of Experts on the United Nations in the Democratic Republic of Congo -UNGoE Issued in May 2011, it complements the American Dodd-Frank Act (2010) Section 1502. The guidelines aim to avoid (i) the abuse of human rights and (ii) the promotion of armed conflict through the extractive operation. It promotes accountability and transparency for conflict minerals within the supply chain.http://www.un.org/ Mandatory
The Public-Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade  (PPA) Participant representatives from government, industry, and civil society Main members:http://www.resolv.org/ Multi-sector and multi-stakeholder initiative to support supply chain solutions to conflict minerals challenges in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Great Lakes Region (GLR) of Central Africa. The PPA provides funding and coordination support to organizations working within the region to develop verifiable conflict-free supply chains; align chain-of-custody programs and practices; encourage responsible sourcing from the region; promote transparency; and bolster in-region civil society and governmental capacity.http://www.resolv.org/site-ppa/ Voluntary
Conflict-Free Smelter Program Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) together with the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC)® An initiative which offers companies and their suppliers a guide and tools to identify the origin of the mineral supplies. This is how smelting and refineries can be catalogued as “conflict-free”. It holds a workshop twice a year which gathers hundreds of industry, government and civil society representative to discuss the best practices in this matter.http://www.conflictfreesmelter.org/ Voluntary
Conflict-Free Gold Standard and tools from the World Gold Council World Gold Council (WGC) Establishes a common framework for mining companies to act responsibly in the extraction of gold and for them to show that their mining operations do not provoke conflict or abuse human rights. http://www.gold.org/ Voluntary
LBMA Responsible Gold Guidance London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) Ensures that all gold stock and all gold produced in refineries are conflict-free. It allows companies who provide mining supplies to identify and have a conflict-free smelter programme.http://www.lbma.org.uk/ Mandatory for LBMA-accredited refineries
RJC Chain of Custody certification from the Responsible Jewellery Council Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) Certification programme launched in March 2012. It supports the identification and monitoring of the origins of conflict-free precious metals – gold, platinum, palladium, rhodium – throughout the supply chain thanks to documentation in the chain of custody.http://www.responsiblejewellery.com/ Voluntary
ITRI Tin Supply Chain Initiative (iTSCi) ITRI; Tantalum-Niobium Pact International Study Center; Channel Research Supports units responsible for contracting Central Africa through the development of:

 

  • A physical chain of custody which follows and monitors minerals from the mining to the smelting process.
  • A due diligence system which includes third-party audits and assessments of the mining locations and transport routes.

https://www.itri.co.uk/

Voluntary
German certified Trading Chains Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (Germany) (BGR) Supports units responsible for contracting Central Africa by creating a certification framework for artisanal mining sites.http://www.bgr.bund.de/ Voluntary
ICGLR’s Regional Certification Mechanism International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) Establishes a certification mechanism for mining and the trade of conflict minerals coming from the Great Lakes Region.http://www.oecd.org/ Mandatory for member countries

Regulation of the European Parliament on minerals

The proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament on minerals from conflict-affected areas establishes a voluntary process by means of which EU importers of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold will be able to self-certify that they do not contribute to the funding of armed conflicts.