About EPRM

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

EPRM focuses on four conflict minerals: tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold. These minerals have a range of applications in important technical sectors, including ICT, automobiles, health care, electronic devices, aerospace, defence and telecommunications.


A number of regions in the world  that are endowed with these minerals, for example Africa’s Great Lakes Region and Colombia, are experiencing prolonged violent conflicts and severe human rights abuses. International trade in minerals can play a significant role in financing and perpetuating human rights violations in these conflict regions. It is therefore imperative to break the link between mineral extraction and conflict.

How does EPRM work?

  1. Stimulate and increase demand of responsible minerals of more key downstream firms who are committed to source these minerals;
  2. Ensure adequate sourcing channels for responsible minerals by fostering a standardised mechanism that enables suppliers to identify and mitigate risks;
  3. Encourage supply chain coalitions between downstream, midstream and upstream actors to produce and source responsible minerals throughout a fully transparent supply chain.

You can find our Theory of Change here.