Better Sourcing Program confirmed as industry-recognized upstream assurance mechanism
8 June 2020
Better Sourcing Program (BSP), part of RCS Global Group, has been re-confirmed by the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) as a recognized “Upstream Assurance Mechanism” for tin, tantalum, and tungsten (3T) minerals sourced from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda. BSP demonstrated that it meets the minimum requirements for a recognized Upstream Assurance Mechanism (Level 1), as outlined in the RMI Recognition Process.
According to company sources, recognition came after an independent assessment completed in April 2020 found BSP to be aligned with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas. BSP validates exports of 3T minerals from the DRC and Rwanda to be in conformance with the OECD guidance and global regulatory and company level due diligence requirements. Ferdinand Maubrey, RCS Global Managing Director, said that “combining technology-backed, permanent site monitoring with digital traceability, BSP provides trustworthy assurance value to buyers of 3TG minerals”.
BSP has been operational in the African Great Lakes Region since 2014 and multiple smelters receiving BSP-validated materials are conformant to the RMI’s Responsible Minerals Assurance Process (RMAP). BSP is operated by RCS Global Group, a globally operating provider of responsible sourcing audit and advisory products. According to RCS, the company offers assurance services covering production, trade and transformation at every stage of the raw materials supply chain. “RCS Global Group creates positive impact by offering companies the knowledge and tools to act more responsibly, also allowing them to measure, demonstrate and report on their own compliance and continuous improvement over time.”
“After a thorough and immensely helpful assessment process, we are very happy that our recognition has been upheld and we can continue to work towards continuous improvement of conditions on our projects in the region. This milestone provides additional confidence to smelters that BSP is a fully recognized option for upstream due diligence”, said Ferdinand Maubrey, RCS Global Managing Director.