Implementing due diligence in mineral supply chains
Implementing due diligence in mineral supply chains
April 2016

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

The OECD Due Diligence Guidance provides detailed recommendations to help companies respect human rights and avoid contributing to conflict through their mineral purchasing decisions and practices. This Guidance is for use by any company potentially sourcing minerals or metals from conflict-affected and high-risk areas. The OECD Guidance is global in scope, and applies to all mineral supply chains.

Key information
Companies should identify the factual circumstances involved at all stages of the supply chain when minerals originate from conflict-affected and high-risk areas
Companies should identify and assess actual or potential risks by evaluating the factual circumstances against standards set out in the company’s supply chain policy
Companies should prevent or mitigate the identified risks by adopting and implementing a risk management plan