15th OECD Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chain


15th OECD Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chain

Leveraging the Mineral Supply Chain in the Implementation of the VPSHR: Successes in the Responsible Provision of Security in the DRC - Partner Session 

In order to support companies throughout the supply chain to implement responsible sourcing practices, including with regards to security provision, the OECD Due Diligence Guidance on Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals refers to the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPs). The VPs guide companies on how to protect their mining operations and assets in a manner that respects human rights. In the context of the DRC, where it is estimated that ASM provides livelihood for 2 million people, the implementation of the VPs can be a game changer for artisanal miners’ human rights protection.

The DRC government has recently submitted its application to become a member of the Voluntary Principles Initiative on Security and Human Rights. The panel will showcase key learnings and successes achieved in the DRC, not only focusing on ASM, but also interactions between ASM and LSM. It will provide concrete examples focusing on the 3Ts and cobalt sector on how actors throughout the supply chain can support the responsible provision of security.

This panel will be moderated by Ms. Marlène Wäfler, Project Coordinator at Pact.