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Implementing supply chain due diligence in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Implementing supply chain due diligence in the Democratic Republic of Congo
November 2015

This report takes stock of 5 years of implementation of national and international programmes and initiatives designed to operationalise the recommendations of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance on Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas in the Great Lakes Region of Central Africa, mainly focusing on the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Key findings
Artisanal and small-scale mining in the eastern provinces of the DR Congo remains a central source of revenues for several hundred thousand people
While significant gains have been made in raising the volume of responsible 3T minerals, criminal networks within the DR Congo’s public security forces (FARDC) - and to a lesser extent non-state armed groups - continue to benefit from 3T production and trade in a number of localities
Militarisation of and interference with gold mining sites and trading points in the DR Congo remain a key challenge