Interview Jan Pieter Barendse - Chair of the EPRM

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    Interview Jan Pieter Barendse - Chair of the EPRM

    At the beginning of 2020, the EPRM chairs rotate. We would like to take this opportunity to honour the new chair of the EPRM: Jan Pieter Barendse. Jan Pieter works as a focal point for Raw Materials at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is working with a team on the ministry’s strategy to transition mineral supply chains from conventional practices to responsible practices.

    Why did you volunteer to become Chair of EPRM?

    Together with our former special envoy for natural resources, I contributed to the realisation of this partnership in 2016 and have always been working on the EPRM in various capacities. After being board member in 2018 and 2019, I consider the position of Chair as a promotion and it is a great role to have to help giving further direction to the EPRM and the Governing Board. In doing outreach, it also helps to be one of the official faces of the EPRM. All in all, I really like it, because it is energising to work with likeminded people on improving the situation in complex mining areas and making companies aware of the benefits of doing due diligence.

    What’s your goal for 2020?

    My goal is to double the numbers of members for the EPRM. We want to get more governments, companies and NGO’s on board, so we can make a bigger impact on responsible sourcing and producing of minerals. Together we are stronger and more effective!

    What are the main successes of EPRM so far in your opinion?

    The EPRM gave an European multistakeholder face to the world of responsible sourcing. We managed to engage with willing organisations on stimulating responsible production by giving financial contribution to 11 projects so far (and counting…) and via our outreach and other meetings we created more awareness on responsible sourcing.

    Where do you see yourself and the EPRM in 5 years?

    In 5 years from now, the EPRM is a stabile partnership with a strong and committed membership of around 100 companies, governments and NGO’s. Personally, I expect to work at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a different work field but still it will probably be on sustainable development (and climate maybe) and on forging partnerships with multistakeholders to increase the impact of our work.

    Which project in the mining sector has made a great impact on you?

    One EPRM project that impressed me, is AFFECOR. Women are often exposed to the negative effects of mining. Their position needs to be taken into account and this leads – according to research – to more production and sustainable development. Another impressive project is the CAPAZ project in Colombia. The organisations Alliance for Responsible Mining and Resolve developed a new market entry standard for gold and are now working on the implementation and further uptake of this standard. Very important for artisanal and small scale miners to produce responsibly and to have the possibility to sell their gold for a good price at the world market.

    Career

    Jan Pieter has over 15 years of experience in international trade, innovation and corporate social responsibility, in his current job he focusses on the value chain for gold and other mined minerals. With a background that includes economics, international development, and business and civil law, his perspective is broad. The last five years working in the field of responsible mineral supply chains and aid and trade really changed Jan Pieter’s view of the world: “We need to act more responsible and sustainable if we want the planet to be liveable for future generations. Individual actions do matter.”

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