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About OECD Tools

The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) is an intergovernmental economic organisation with 36 member countries, founded in 1961 to stimulate economic progress and world trade. Its goal is to shape policies that foster prosperity, equality, opportunity and well-being for all. The OECD publishes cornerstone documents for supply chain due diligence, and a number of tools to assist companies in meeting due diligence standards throughout their supply chains. 

The OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals

The OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas ("OECD DDG")



This cornerstone document for supply chain due diligence sets out the OECD approach to responsible sourcing and establishes key concepts that are used throughout the existing literature on the subject, such as "Conflict-Affected and High Risk Areas", "Red Flag Assessments", and the "Five Step Process". The OECD approach to supply chain due diligence is the de facto international standard and this document specifies the approach in detail, with a particular focus on four minerals considered to be high risk for association with conflict and human rights violations: tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold.


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A two page introduction to the OECD DDG is available here:


An infographic explaining the OECD DDG five step process is available here:


Due Diligence Checklist

OECD Alignment Assessment Tool



The Alignment Assessment Tool allows industry voluntary standards schemes for responsible sourcing to determine their level of 'alignment' with the OECD due diligence guidance. Alignment status can then be used by companies participating in voluntary standards schemes to meet governance standards required by other bodies, such as the upcoming responsible sourcing standards for brands on the London Metals Exchange.

The Alignment Assessment Tool is comprised of a list of required steps for voluntary standards schemes to incorporate. There are four main components to the Alignment Assessment Tool:

  1. Programme Scope: This provides a tool to help the evaluator define the scope of the assessment against the activities of the programme.

  2. Alignment Assessment: This provides the detailed criteria against which a programme’s ‘alignment’ with the OECD Guidance is assessed.

  3. Programme governance review: This provides the criteria for assessing the management and governance of a programme, beyond the specific recommendations of the Guidance.

  4. Results and charts: This provides the overall rating from the Alignment Assessment and charts providing a more detailed breakdown of how a programme scored across the different aspects of the Alignment Assessment, including the Programme governance review.


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Prior to using the Alignment Assessment Tool it is recommended that users familiarise themselves with the Methodology, which provides details of the design and execution of an Alignment Assessment project and is available on:



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