The Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) and Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition ® (EICC®) recently hosted the seventh extractives supply chain workshop in Brussels. The event focused on various mechanisms to assure the responsible sourcing of tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold, and included a facilitated stakeholder dialogue on ways to support the implementation of those mechanisms.
Over 150 participants attended the 19 and 20 September workshop, including representatives from the electronics industry, the information and communication technology sector, stakeholders from the tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold supply chains, the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Ministry of Mines, the DRC mining and trading sectors, the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe (BGR), the European Commission, the European Parliament, and many civil society and socially-responsible investor organizations.
Presentations during the two-day workshop focused on the development and coordination of initiatives which, when fully implemented, can enable responsible mineral trade and economic development in the Great Lakes Region. These initiatives can also support company due diligence requirements and disclosure obligations as defined by the U.S. Dodd-Frank Act. Some of the initiatives that were presented include the IGCLR’s Mineral Tracking and Certification Scheme, the ITRI Supply Chain Initiative (iTSCi), the OECD Due Diligence Guidance, and BGR’s certification and mineral fingerprinting project.
The workshop also featured three concurrent break-out sessions that allowed more in-depth information sharing and discussion on the Public-Private Alliance (PPA) for Responsible Minerals Trade, the Conflict Free Smelter Program, and the Conflict Minerals Reporting Template and Dashboard.
The two day workshop reinforced the importance of close collaboration between industry, government and other stakeholders in guaranteeing the harmonized implementation of responsible supply chain mechanisms in the Great Lakes Region.
The schedule for upcoming workshops will be announced in early 2012.