OECD call to action on 3T supply chains
13 May 2020
This week the OECD has issued a "COVID-19 – Call to Action for Responsible Mineral Supply Chains".
There can be no doubt that 2020 will be remembered as the year Covid-19 challenged the global economy. Few, if any, countries and sectors have avoided the disruption caused by attempts to contain and minimise the effects of this terrible pandemic. The supply chains for minerals, especially from the more labour intensive ASM operations, are no exception.
3TG minerals in central Africa face many challenges at this time, not least the lockdown in Rwanda and parts of the DRC, which, while undoubtedly the best decision for public health, nonetheless has reduced the production of minerals.
The OECD has quickly appreciated the seriousness of the risk to 3TG due diligence programs and has issued a COVID-19: Call to Action for Responsible Mineral Supply Chains.
In it they state:
“We are deeply concerned that gains made over the past 10 years in supply chain due diligence could be lost…
“WE ARE CALLING FOR IMMEDIATE AND CONCERTED ACTION FROM CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS, GOVERNMENTS, FINANCING INSTITUTIONS, INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS, PRIVATE SECTOR ACTORS AND OTHERS TO SAFEGUARD GAINS RELATED TO DUE DILIGENCE IN SUPPLY CHAINS IN ALIGNMENT WITH THE OECD DUE DILIGENCE GUIDANCE FOR RESPONSIBLE MINERAL SUPPLY CHAINS…
“RESPONSIBLE ARTISANAL MINING COMMUNITIES ARE VITAL - RECOVERY WILL ONLY WORK IF WE DO NOT HAVE TO RE-START FROM ZERO.”
The full document is available at https://mneguidelines.oecd.org/COVID-19-Call-to-Action-for-Responsible-Mineral-Supply-Chains.pdf