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Conflict Minerals Regulation: Help for your business

The regulation means changes for you and your business, whether you import minerals or metals, smelt or refine them or own a due diligence scheme.

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For example, you now have to conduct due diligence on your supply chain, based on OECD rules.

You can start preparing now. Here are some resources to help you. 

Quick guide for businesses

This seven-page guide summarises what you need to know about the regulation.

Read the quick guide

Due diligence ready!

Information, tools and training material to guide companies in conducting due diligence on their minerals and metals supply chain.

Visit the Due diligence ready! website

OECD Due Diligence Guidance

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has created guidelines called 'Due Diligence Guidance', which are the basis for the EU's Conflict Minerals Regulation.

The guidance:

  • is designed for any company potentially sourcing minerals or metals from conflict-affected or high-risk areas; and
  • gives detailed recommendations to help companies respect human rights and avoid contributing to conflict when they source minerals or metals.

Read the OECD Due Diligence Guidance

Read the infographic on the guidance

Non-binding Guidelines for identifying conflict-affected and high-risk areas

These guidelines aim to help companies better understand the definition of conflict-affected and high-risk areas (CAHRAs) and to help them to identify such areas and other risks in their mineral supply chains.

Guidelines on Conflict-affected and high-risk areas

List of conflict-affected and high-risk areas (CAHRAs)

In line with the requirements of the Regulation, the Commission called upon external expertise to provide an indicative, non-exhaustive list of CAHRAs. The list will be updated every three months.

European Partnership for Responsible Minerals (EPRM)

The EPRM is a joint voluntary initiative by civil society groups and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), industry, and government.

Its main goals are to:

  • create a forum in which members can exchange experiences of procuring minerals and metals responsibly
  • invest in conflict-affected and high-risk mining areas to make mineral extraction sustainable.

Learn more about the European Partnership on Responsible Minerals (EPRM)

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