Guidelines for MNEs › OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas
Helping companies source minerals responsibly
The OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas provides detailed recommendations to help companies respect human rights and avoid contributing to conflict through their mineral purchasing decisions and practices. The Due Diligence Guidance is for use by any company potentially sourcing minerals or metals from conflict-affected and high-risk areas.
It is one of the only international frameworks available to help companies meet their due diligence reporting requirements.
6th ICGLR-OECD-UN forum on implementing due diligence for responsible mineral supply chains - Kigali, 13-15 November 2013
Download audio files and presentations from the summer 2013 training webinars on the responsible sourcing of gold
Final upstream report on one-year pilot implementation of the Supplement on Tin, Tantalum, and Tungsten, 31 January 2013
The 2nd edition of the Guidance contains the Council Recommendation, the text of the Due Diligence Guidance and the Supplements on Tin, Tantalum and Tungsten, and Gold.
> OECD Due Diligence Guidance (pdf)
> Guide sur le devoir de diligence (pdf)
The Guidance was officially adopted on 25 May 2011 at the OECD's 50th Anniversary Ministerial Meeting.
> Statement by NGOs (pdf)
> Déclaration des ONG (pdf)
The Council Recommendation was revised on 17 July 2012 to include the Gold Supplement. While not legally-binding, the Recommendation reflects the common position and political commitment of adhering countries.
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. It does not replace the official text of the Guidance.
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An international standard
On 22 August 2012, the US Securities and Exchange Commission recognised the OECD Guidance as an international framework for due diligence measures undertaken by companies that are required to file a conflict minerals report under the final rule implementing sec 1502 of the Dodd-Frank legislation. Read the press release.
Implementing the Guidance
The Guidance was developed through a multi-stakeholder process with in-depth engagement from OECD and African countries, industry and civil society, as well as the United Nations Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Guidance is a practical approach to due diligence implementation with an emphasis on collaborative, constructive solutions to complex challenges.
Work is underway to ensure the widest possible dissemination of the Guidance and its active use by companies throughout the mineral supply chain, industry associations, financial institutions, and civil society organisations. The OECD, the ICGLR and the UN Group of Experts on the DRC are working together to implement the Guidance in Africa's Great Lakes region as well as other parts of the world.
For further information please contact:
Tyler Gillard, Legal Advisor and Project Head
OECD Investment Division
firstname.lastname@example.org; Tel: +33-1 4524 9093