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OECD Responsible Business Conduct and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region

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The OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas (OECD Due Dilligence Guidance (PDF 3,6 MB)) is a voluntary initiative to promote responsible corporate governance in the supply chains of mineral resources originating from areas affected by or at risk of conflict. The background to this is the fact that the mining of and trade in certain natural resources has helped to finance and prolong violent conflicts in the Great Lakes Region of Africa. The resources concerned include tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold. The Guidance was developed between 2009 and 2011 as part of a multi-actor process by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Implementation of the Guidance is backed up by an OECD working group. Germany, represented by the Extractives and Development sector programme, is a member of the responsible steering group. As the German contribution to the OECD process, the sector programme published a study on the contribution of small and medium-sized enterprises to implementation of the Due Diligence Guidance.

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