2023 Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains

EPRM: Engaging with ASM; how upstream initiatives can be aligned with industry due diligence mechanisms

Apr 26, 2023 | 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Partner session - Auditorium


Organised by: European Partnership for Responsible Minerals (EPRM), Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) and Datastake In this session we want to reflect on EPRM´s evolving role as an accompanying measure to EU regulations, and highlight the upcoming call for proposals and its criteria. EPRM has invested in projects which evolved into systemic and replicable solutions to a more bottom-up and cost-effective due diligence processes, aiming at increasing the engagement with the ASM sector. Yet, even though more and more upstream projects, approaches and tools are appearing, the connection between the efforts on the ground and downstream companies or industry schemes is not fluid enough. EPRM will moderate a discussion on how to better integrate the upstream initiatives, NGOs, and local actors with the industry due diligence mechanisms, to satisfy the regulatory requirements and create an effective environment for companies to start meaningfully engaging with the ASM. To spark this debate, we will showcase a practical example: the Craft Code and CADD protocol, our partners from ARM and Datastake joined forces to digitalize their tools to enhance upstream supply chain due diligence. An open-source Datastake platform for managing supply chain information, combined with ARM´s mine focused progressAPP, provide systemized information for buyers, investors, banks and donors, while promoting the engagement of local civil society in the monitoring and feeding the information.

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