The OECD and the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Minerals, Metals and Chemicals Exporters (CCCMC) have recently launched the Chinese Due Diligence Guidelines for Responsible Mineral Supply Chains. These Guidelines align with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Mineral Sourcing from Conflict Affected and High Risk Areas and were developed in collaboration with the two organizations. A version in English and Chinese can be accessed here.
Interview of Jean-Claude Juncker to ARD (Brennpunkt, German Television) after the G7 summit– 8 June 2015, English translation
Journalist: We have with us Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission. Mr Juncker, it’s a pleasure to have you here.
Journalist: What was the most important or most pleasing outcome of this summit?
Juncker: Well, this may surprise you, because it hardly featured in any reports. We have had in-depth talks about the supply chain. It cannot be right that we in our part of Europe are sometimes positively wallowing in prosperity when social dumping around the world means that others are financing this prosperity. We need fair conditions, environmental standards and employee rights for everyone. And we are working on it.
Journalist: Lastly, perhaps a fundamental question. Such a summit deals with an enormous number of topics. People often wonder how it can all be done. So this raises the question of how can anyone put it all into practice, to allay the fears – and the public voice these fears time and again – that it will all come to nothing. How can it be done?
Juncker: The communiqué is not important; what is important is putting the decisions into practice. Yet the fact is that, looking back at the recent G7 meetings, between 80% and 90 % of the decisions have been put into practice. For its part, the European Union has implemented 90% of the decisions taken. That is a remarkable average.
Journalist: Mr Juncker, thank you very much.
Juncker: Thank you……
This week in a guest blog post on OECD Insights Tyler Gillard, head of the OECD’s work on responsible mineral supply chains and Roel Nieuwenkamp, Chair of the OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct, discuss the need to ensure responsible mineral sourcing does not entail disengagement from challenging areas such as conflict zones and artisanal mining.
“Ongoing steps by the Chinese Government to clarify its expectations of Chinese companies operating abroad, coupled with growing international expectations of businesses, are likely to lead to the GPs eventually becoming part of standard operating procedure for Chinese companies doing business anywhere in the world.”
Press Release, Bangladesh Accord Foundation
10 March 2014, Amsterdam / London – The Bangladesh Accord Foundation has today announced the completion of the first reports detailing the results of factory inspections in Bangladesh. Available online on the Accord website as of Tuesday (March 11) 09:00 CET, the reports set out details of current building safety standards in the first Bangladesh garment factories to be inspected and identify necessary steps required to improve the level of safety.