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OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas

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OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas

OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas
OECD | 27 July 2011 | ISBN: 9264111182 9789264111189 9789264111110 | 65 pages | PDF | 2 MB

This report provides step-by-step management recommendations endorsed by governments for global responsible supply chains of minerals in order for companies to respect human rights and avoid contributing to conflict through their mineral or metal purchasing decisions and practices. The Due Diligence Guidance may be used by any company potentially sourcing minerals or metals from conflict-affected and high-risk areas, and is intended to cultivate transparent, conflict-free supply chains and sustainable corporate engagement in the minerals sector.



Trade and investment in natural mineral resources hold great potential for generating income, growth and prosperity, sustaining livelihoods and fostering local development. However, a large share of these resources is located in conflict-affected and high-risk areas. In these areas, exploitation of natural mineral resources is significant and may contribute, directly or indirectly, to armed conflict, gross human rights violations and hinder economic and social development.

Table of Contents
Recommendation of the Council on Due Diligence Guidance
for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas
OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas
Introduction 12
What is due diligence in the mineral supply chain and why is it necessary?
Who should carry out due diligence?
Structure of the guidance
Nature of the guidance
Annex I. Five-Step Framework for Risk-Based Due Diligence in the Mineral Supply Chain
Annex II. Model Supply Chain Policy for a Responsible Global Supply Chain of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas
Annex III. Suggested Measures for Risk Mitigation and Indicators for Measuring Improvement
Supplement on Tin, Tantalum and Tungsten
Scope and definitions
Red flags triggering the application of this supplement
STEP 1: Establish strong company management systems
STEP 2: Identify and assess risks in the supply chain
STEP 3: Design and implement a strategy to respond to identified risks
STEP 4: Carry out independent third-party audit of smelter/refiner’s due diligence practices
STEP 5: Report annually on supply chain due diligence
Appendix. Guiding Note for Upstream Company Risk Assessment

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