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.

Why EPRM?

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?

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 andcan ultimately access global markets.

You can find our Theory of Change here.