About EPRM

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The EPRM is a multi-stakeholder partnership aiming to increase the proportion of responsibly produced minerals from conflict-affected and high-risk areas (CAHRAs) and to support socially responsible extraction of minerals that contributes to local development.

Why EPRM?

The EPRM is viewed as an accompanying measure to the EU Conflict Minerals Regulation. Because legislation alone is not enough to make a real change ‘on the ground’, strong accompanying measures are needed. The EPRM is linked to the EU Regulation from a content perspective, e.g. it has the same geographical and mineral scope, but not from a legal perspective.

Focusing on tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold (3TG), and with a global scope, the EPRM supports activities to improve responsible mining practices in mining areas in CAHRAs. The aim of this support is to enable more mines to comply with the standards required under the OECD Due Diligence Guidance. This in turn will enable companies to source minerals from the mines confident that they will be able to comply with relevant regulations such as the conditions of the EU Regulation. In addition, it serves as a knowledge platform for organisations along the entire value chain to access and share knowledge on conducting due diligence.

How does EPRM work?

Together with other partners, the EPRM will stimulate and increase the demand for responsible 3TG minerals. It will encourage sourcing channels for responsible minerals that will enable suppliers to identify and mitigate risks. Furthermore, the EPRM will motivate supply chain actors and other partners to support mines and local mining communities to improve their practices to produce responsibly and create access to markets. The EPRM has four main objectives:

1. EPRM will develop and operate a knowledge platform to inform policy and supply chain actors and where participants can share knowledge on due diligence;

2. EPRM will set up activities for SMEs in Europe to increase their awareness of the importance of responsible mineral sourcing and production;

3. EPRM will facilitate connections between upstream, midstream and downstream actors.

4. EPRM will focus on aligning mining intervention strategies and pool and expand resources to support artisanal and small-scale mines to improve their practices, so they produce responsibly and can ultimately access global markets.

You can find our Theory of Change here.

Our Five-year mission

By the 1st of January 2023, the EPRM will be able to show that the demand  and the proportion of responsibly produced 3TG minerals from conflict-affected and high risk areas is increasing and that the socially responsible extraction of minerals that contributes to local development is being supported. In addition, the EPRM will have promoted dialogue and cross-sector learning between upstream and downstream actors through multi-stakeholder partnership. The EPRM will serve as an accompanying measure to the EU conflict minerals regulation and will play an important role in educating and supporting SME suppliers.

Short-term ambitions and activities

A.Memberships and Partnerships strategy

The EPRM will increase the number of members and engage with prioritized partner organizations by defining a strategic engagement plan.

Activities

  1. Outreach activities
  2. Develop a strategic engagement plan for partners (f.e. PPA)
  3. Engage with Member State Competent Authorities
  4. Communication activities, including the development of a new website (linked to the KP)

B.Due diligence capacity building

EPRM will facilitate capacity building for due diligence and cross-sector learning between upstream and downstream actors by raising awareness and providing guidance on responsible sourcing to SMEs and companies.

Activities

  1. Raise awareness and outline the drivers and benefits of company due diligence on responsible sourcing.
  2. Setting up the EPRM Knowledge portal.
  3. Revise and implement a new due diligence system for members

C.Support miners to adopt responsible practices

Support projects through call for proposals and other ways of strategic financing and facilitate linkages between partners along the supply chain.

Activities:

  1. Finance new EPRM projects through Call for Proposals
  2. Develop and implement new forms of strategic financing
  3. Monitor and evaluate the results of EPRM projects and activities
  4. Manage current projects and exchange lessons learned
  5. Include local perspectives and create mutual understanding along the supply chain on responsible sourcing through engaging with local actors and organize field visits.