2021 Forum on responsible mineral supply chains

Learning from Covid-19: making due diligence more resilient

Apr 27, 2021 | 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM


COVID-19 heavily disrupted mineral supply chains through uneven and fluctuating impacts on demand, supply and trade. This had serious knock-on effects on mining communities, with disproportionate impacts falling on artisanal and small-scale miners. Illicit actors inserted themselves into reconfigured supply chains in a context of increasing economic hardship and vulnerability. Lower mineral trade volumes also put some on-the-ground due diligence programmes in financial distress. This session will explore changes wrought by the pandemic on supply chains and due diligence systems and highlight how companies, communities and programmes adapted during the crisis, and how such responses may be relevant to increasing long-term supply chain resilience in the face of future disruptions.