To achieve its goals, EPRM will serve as a platform with the following key roles that reinforce each other:

  • Act as the linking agent convening downstream, midstream and upstream actors. Within this role, EPRM will encourage supply chain actors to cooperate in working groups addressing specific issues per mineral and country or region. These groupings provide an ideal setting for participants to exchange experiences and have discussions on critical and successful aspects for collaboration. The activities undertaken will lead to:
  1. creating a better understanding of responsible mineral sourcing of each supply chain actor,
  2. engaging more industry players in responsible sourcing and mining practices,
  3. providing companies guidance on managing risks and conducting due diligence mechanisms, and
  4. facilitating linkages between downstream, midstream and upstream for responsible mining market coalitions.
  • A greater number of companies from a variety of industries need to become involved in the implementation of responsible mineral sourcing. Therefore, generating and exchanging knowledge and best practices among potential EPRM participants is fundamental. Knowledge will be generated and shared with members through a joint platform presenting insights, experiences and lessons about the evolution of responsible mining. Active communication and discussion among users will assist the exchange of best practices, challenges and opportunities. EPRM will also actively research the mineral sector in CAHRAs to provide adequate background information for meaningful interventions.

  • EPRM will support activities enabling mines to convert their mining practices. Next to financial investment at site level, mine conversion is about having the technical knowledge and capacity, and having an enabling environment at the local, regional and/or national level.

To create partnerships leading to effective responsible mining practices, EPRM will engage with existing initiatives in CAHRAs to join forces and pool (technical and financial) resources.

Partnerships will be sought with organisations explicitly addressing responsible mineral practices, but also with organisations contributing to mining communities’ well-being in CAHRAs (e.g. humanitarian, environmental and human rights organisations).

Once partnerships and resources are in place, EPRM will be able to encourage mine conversion through coalitions of upstream, midstream and downstream actors. Implementation, monitoring and extracting lessons learned will be led and controlled by EPRM.

For more information on the the work of EPRM please refer to the Theory of Change and the EPRM Policy Framework. On the project page you can find more information on the ongoing and future EPRM projects.