The OECD Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains
The 15th Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains was hosted by the OECD as a virtual forum on 2-6 May 2022 and brought together representatives from government, business, and civil society. The Forum provided the opportunity to review and discuss the implementation of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas and other initiatives to enable responsible mineral production and sourcing. This year, the Forum devoted particular attention to critical minerals and the role of supply chain due diligence in enabling critical minerals to contribute to a just low-carbon transition. The Forum also featured sessions on market access for artisanal and small-scale mining and the coherence of due diligence systems. Other sessions featured technical discussions on using monitoring and evaluation to identify key systemic blockages to due diligence, using supply chain due diligence to address emerging risks and those with growing awareness like environmental impacts in mining, and identifying conflict-affected and high-risk areas.