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In 2016, nine ‘founding partners’ announced the launch of the EPRM and signed a Letter of Intent. Since November 2016 the EPRM is up and running and has started its first activities. The EPRM is a partnership, organised around the three pillars – Government agencies and institutions, Supply Chain Actors and Civil Society Organisations. Each of the pillars have developed their own Constituency Guidelines. The EPRM is governed by a Board comprised of nine members - three from each pillar and consists of:

Government institutions

  • Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) – Jan Pieter Barendse (Chair)
  • UK, Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) – Annie McGee and Lia Suigomotomagor
  • Germany, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) – Yannic Kiewitt

Civil Society

  • Solidaridad - Boukje Theeuwes (Vice Chair)
  • IIED - Gabriela Flores Zavala
  • ARM – Yves Bertrand

Supply chain actors

  • Philips – Dylan McNeill (Vice Chair)
  • RMI – Leah Butler
  • Valcambi – Virginie Bahon


  • OECD
  • UN Environment (UNEP)
  • The Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO)