EPRM-membership

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Participation in the EPRM is entirely voluntary and is open to both EU and non EU member states and companies. The members of the EPRM come from three pillars: supply chain actors, government agencies and institutions, and civil society. 

Supply chain actors

In order to create better social and economic conditions for mine workers and local mining communities in conflict-affected and high-risk areas, the EPRM enables supply chain actors to make progress in the field of responsible minerals. By jointly tackling issues regarding responsible mineral sourcing, by supporting companies, and especially small and medium sized enterprises, in conducting due diligence and by creating a platform for sharing knowledge, best practices and lessons learnt. The EPRM supports on-the-ground capacity building of upstream actors as well as public institutions in conflict-affected and high-risk areas and helps to foster stronger linkages between downstream and upstream partners throughout the entire supply chain.

Civil society

EPRM membership enables civil society actors to find and develop opportunities for partners in field activities and to ensure credible implementation. EPRM provides the opportunity to mobilize supply chain actors for meaningful change in the field of responsible minerals and to achieve more speed and scale. Civil society actors can shape the EPRM initiative and stay abreast of developments on EU legislation implementation from the perspective of civil society. Besides, EPRM enables donor coordination and pools funding for responsible mining projects. Civil society organisations can  connect to downstream supply chain actors and increase engagement and understanding by becoming an EPRM member.

Government agencies and institutions

Areas facing human rights violations, environmental pollution and child labour are in urgent need of support. Government agencies and institutions want to be part of the solution and help improve the situation. Multistakeholder cooperation leads to the best mix of experience, knowledge and budgets for projects that really make a difference on the ground in conflict-affected and high-risk areas. Government agencies and institutions also want to help European companies reduce the risks in their supply chain of minerals and metals. Moreover, EPRM is an instrument for donor coordination and it helps to increase responsibly produced materials. This leads to increased security of supply and helps companies to diversify their sources, to stabilise their trade relationships and to increase their competitiveness.