Implementing the OECD Due Diligence Guidance


We are working with partners and multiple stakeholders to ensure the widest possible dissemination of the Guidance and its active use by companies throughout the mineral supply chain (3Ts and gold), industry associations, financial institutions, and civil society organisations.  

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Implementing the Guidance

Gold Implementation Programme

The gold programme of activities, launched in May 2013, brings together key players across the gold supply chain, including OECD and partner countries, implementing governments, regional and international organisations, civil society, industry and other experts.

The gold implementation programme helps foster peer-learning, constructive dialogue, and mutual understanding on due diligence practices and associated challenges across the supply chain. It also helps facilitate discussions around workable solutions to due diligence implementation, including the possible design of innovative market opportunities for responsibly sourced gold from conflict-affected and high risk areas, in particular from artisanal and small-scale sources.

While the primary geographic focus is on gold sourced from Africa’s Great Lakes region, the gold implementation programme may include activities covering other regions, given the global scope of the OECD Guidance. The gold implementation programme is a voluntary exercise which will take place over an initial 12 month period, with possible extension.

Training webinars
In the summer of 2013 the OECD and industry peers held a first series of webinars designed to teach different actors in the supply chain how to responsibly source gold.
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Artisanal and Small-Scale Miner (ASM) Hub
The ASM Hub convenes numerous stakeholders to learn about ASM issues. As part of the gold implementation programme, the OECD and the ASM Hub organise webinars based on specific ASM themes.
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The 3Ts pilot implementation programme

From May 2011 to December 2012, the OECD, the ICGLR, and the UN Group of Experts on the DRC worked together on the pilot implementation of the Guidance and its 3Ts Supplement by companies sourcing minerals from Africa's Great Lakes region.

Over 100 companies, both upstream and downstream, and industry associations volunteered to take part. Participating companies have demonstrated  how they perform supply chain due diligence through a peer learning process intended to help them meet reporting obligations and the expectations of managers, customers, regulators and the public.

Implementation reports

The reports identify concrete best practices and helpful implementation tools to further assist companies to respect human rights and avoid contributing to conflict through their mineral or metal purchasing decisions and practices.

Initiatives implementing the Guidance
Industry and other initiatives who are using the OECD Due Diligence Guidance in specific sectors or regions:


Text of the Guidance

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Simplified guide

This guide explains the basics of upstream due diligence in the supply chain of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold from conflict-affected and high-risk areas in Africa’s Great Lakes region.

[ English | French | Lingala | Mandarin | Swahili ]


Five Democrats urge the US SEC to use Guidance, 23 September 2011

Conflict Minerals: Hands-Off Is Not a Solution – join the debate on our OECD insights blog

3T supply chain resources

Template and appendix for 3Ts downstream supplier letter
Illustrative list of products containing the 3Ts
3T smelter list


Tyler Gillard, Legal Expert
OECD Investment Division


7th meeting, Paris, 26-28 May 2014

6th meeting, Kigali, 13-15 November 2013

5th meeting
, Paris, 2-3 May 2013

4th meeting
, Paris, 28-30 November 2012


3rd meeting, Paris, 3-4 May 2012

2nd meeting, Paris, 29-30 November 2011

1st meeting, Paris, 5-6 May 2011

Documents and links

OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises