What Mongolia’s Artisanal Miners Are Teaching Us: The Link Between Human Rights and Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM) Formalisation

Patience Singo, Project Director Sustainable Artisanal Mining (SAM) Project of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and Estelle Levin, Founder and Director of Estelle Levin Ltd Two years ago, we sat with artisanal gold miners in a ger at Bayankhongor, Mongolia, learning about their work. One of the miners, Mr. Byambadorj, stood up […]

Responsible gold also means supporting livelihoods of artisanal miners

Today’s post is by Tyler Gillard, who leads the OECD’s work on responsible mineral supply chains (@tylergillard) and Roel Nieuwenkamp, Chair of the OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct (@nieuwenkamp_csr) Last year, a blind Congolese civil society leader named Eric Kajemba helped broker a deal between the Congolese army, local authorities, three powerful Congolese […]

Breaking the link between exploitative recruitment and modern slavery

By Roel Nieuwenkamp, Chair of the OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct (@nieuwenkamp_csr) Ahmed, from India, paid over 1,300 USD to a recruiter to accept a position as a driver in Saudi Arabia. However, upon arrival his employer confiscated his passport and refused to pay him although Ahmed worked 12 to 14 hour days. […]

Game Changing Trade Regulations in US Shake Up Corporate Supply Chain Responsibility

Roel Nieuwenkamp, Chair of the OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct (@nieuwenkamp_csr) In July 2015, The New York Times published an article about forced labor on Thai fishing boats. In the article they follow the story of Lang Long, a man who was shackled by the neck, working for 3 years as a slave […]

Tackling modern slavery in global supply chains

Roel Nieuwenkamp, Chair of the OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct (@nieuwenkamp_csr) The recent migrant crisis paired with shocking exposes of labour issues in global supply chains has heightened public attention to modern slavery, forced labour and human trafficking. Children working in cobalt mines for the Apple and Samsung supply chains, Syrian refugees working […]

Conflict minerals: demonise the criminals, not the miners

On July 15, we published Conflict Minerals: Hands-Off Is Not a Solution by Stephen P. Groff, former Deputy Director of the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate, now Vice President of the Asian Development Bank. Today, we publish a reply from Chuck Blakeman, founder of the Crankset Group, who recently visited the Democratic Republic of Congo to promote […]

Unlinking minerals and conflict in the Eastern Congo

Hannah Koep-Andrieu of the OECD’s Responsible Business Conduct Unit (@H_KoepAndrieu) The Dodd-Frank Act and its Section 1502 on conflict minerals adopted in 2010 obliges public companies in the United States (US) to undertake supply chain due diligence and report on products containing certain minerals that may be benefiting armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the […]