Rights groups call for mineral supply chain due diligence to be legal requirement

Campaign groups have called on Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) member and non-member countries alike to bring in legal requirements for companies to carry out due diligence on mineral supply chains “that is robust and meaningful”.

Groups, including Amnesty International, Enough, Global Witness, Human Rights Watch and Partnership Africa Canada, co-authored a civil society statement published on Tuesday May 10, calling for reforms in relation to mineral sourcing.
These groups have historically focused on so-called conflict minerals – i.e. tungsten, tin, tantalum and gold from the Great Lakes region of Africa – but the statement also refers to the report published by Amnesty,detailing alleged human rights abuses in the artisanal cobalt mining industry in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). 
The statement also called on the OECD Secretariat to make it clear that its guidance on responsible supply chains applies to “all minerals from conflict-affected and high risk areas”, rather than the traditional conflict minerals only.

The groups stated that due diligence must...

Published

Claire Hack

May 10, 2016

16:51 GMT

London