The 10th ICGLR-OECD-UN GoE Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains took place at the OECD Conference Centre from 10 to 12 Mai 2016 in Paris, France.
The forum was organised by the Secretariat of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Economic Development (OECD), and the United Nations Group of Experts (UN GoE) for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Forum focused on conformance and implementation of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas (OECD Due Diligence Guidance) the ICGLR regional certification mechanism, and other initiatives to enable responsible mineral supply chains.
Representatives from the ICGLR, OECD, UN GoE, member states, international organisations, industrial and sectorial, mining companies, traders and exporters of minerals, refiners and traders, downstream companies, civil society representatives of whom were ACCA members and other experts participated in this meeting.
The themes at this forum were regulation and conformance standards which weigh on the supply mineral chains, feedback from the field, impacts of the implementation, due diligence on the miners working conditions, promoting innovative models for improving costs linked to the implementation of due diligence, gold from the artisanal miner: viable options to access the market, implementing the due diligence in the private sector: the role of customs and police, implementing due diligence in the Great Lakes Region in Africa, West Africa, Latin America, and other key markets, identifying and eliminating the worst forms of child labour in supply mineral chains.
A civil society side event took place during the OECD forum. Indeed, the role of civil society organisations remains indispensable in the accompanying and management of efforts from the private sector for the implementation of due diligence for responsible mineral supply chains from conflict-affected and high-risk areas. Hence the need for these organisations to have a platform for experience sharing to strengthen their influence and capacity to act on the ground to support the implementation of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance within their respective regions.