CFSP will expand scope beyond DRC; may consider Indonesia, Myanmar

The Conflict-Free Smelter Programme (CFSP) is undergoing a protocol revision process this year, including expanding the geographic scope of “conflict-affected and high-risk areas” to cover areas beyond the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and surrounding countries.

The CFSP is the flagship programme of the Conflict-Free Smelter Initiative (CFSI), and uses an independent third-party audit to identify smelters and refiners with systems to guarantee they source only conflict-free minerals. “Conformance to the OECD [Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development] due diligence guidance will be required [under the CFSP] for all areas identified as ‘conflict-affected and high-risk’ – where OECD Annex II risks are triggered, including but not limited to serious human rights abuses and the worst forms of child labour,” Leah Butler, CFSI programme director, said in an email to Metal Bulletin. “This is part of a targeted effort to bring the CFSP fully in line with the OECD due diligence guidance and anticipated regulation from the European Union.” Annex II of the third edition of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected...


Claire Hack

May 26, 2016

15:04 GMT