A key bottleneck in the responsible mineral supply chain is that mines lack the necessary skills, regulations and financial capability to implement good mining practices. An important role of the EPRM is to support activities in Conflict Affected and High Risk Areas to increase the supply of responsible minerals. The role of the EPRM is to create partnerships with stakeholders such as international organisations, civil society organisations, and local governmental agencies to increase financial and technical resources and coordinate strategies to support better mining practices on a larger number of mines in targeted countries with the main objective to bring better social and economic conditions for mine workers and local mining communities.

The EPRM will carefully select compelling projects to be funded through a Call for Concepts/Proposal process. Currently EPRM has three ongoing projects. The results of all EPRM projects will be published on the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) website.

EPRM

EICC- Indonesia Tin Working Group

The Tin Working Group (TWG) is the first voluntary, collaborative, multi-stakeholder initiative that aims to make meaningful change in the Indonesian tin sector. Launched in 2014, the TWG works with downstream companies, midstream processors, local tin producers, civil society, industry associations, and the central and regional Indonesian government. Through the TWG, companies are contributing to the development of responsible tin mining in Indonesia via direct engagement with government and local stakeholders, providing support to their supply chain partners, and setting supply chain expectations for responsibly produced tin. 

Phase I (2014-2017) was led by the Sustainable Trade Initiative IDH as the international convener. This current Phase II (2017-2019) of the TWG will be led by the EICC’s Responsible Minerals Initiative.

The high-level mission of the TWG is to identify and mitigate, through effective engagement with and support of international and local stakeholders, the sustainability challenges of tin mining and smelting in Indonesia, while recognizing the economic benefits of the sector. More information

IMPACT - AFECCOR

The Artisanal Mining Women’s Empowerment Credit & Savings project (AFECCOR), supports women and men in artisanal gold mining communities to access savings and credit in an effort to promote entrepreneurship and economic security. Women and men participating in the Just Gold project and those in nearby mining communities in Democratic Republic of Congo’s Ituri Province are supported by AFECCOR to establish village savings and loans associations. By participating in the AFECCOR project, artisanal miners and community members decrease their reliance on informal credit networks that characterize the “gold economy,” where gold is used as currency to cover basic needs, small businesses and mine site operations, often with unfavourable conditions. The AFECCOR project promotes women’s leadership and economic empowerment in their homes, at artisanal mine sites, and in the wider community. More information.

CAPAZ- Passport to Markets programme

In Colombia ‘Cadenas de Paz’ or (Supply) Chains of Peace, shortened to CAPAZ (meaning ‘able’), runs Passport to Markets. This programme has two main goals. Firstly, to develop an open-source and worldwide Market Entry Standard for commercial engagement with artisanal and small-scale gold mining, especially in Conflict Affected and High Risk Areas. This standard will ensure compliance with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance framework and other key requirements. It provides a ‘passport to markets’ for artisanal miners. At the same time, it brings efficiency and confidence for downstream companies and refiners seeking to engage with these artisanal miners. Secondly, to pilot the standard through supply chain models for conflict free-minerals in Colombia, as a demonstration of the country’s ability to produce OECD-compliant minerals. Incentive-driven business models will be designed together with international buyers. Pilots will promote local development in the communities surrounding the pilots. They will also inspire additional investment and engagement with Colombia’s ASGM community. Supply chain actors and other key stakeholders in Colombia will be engaged to raise awareness of the (little-known) conflict-free minerals regulations. Other issues representing significant risks to the market will also be covered, such as uncontrolled mercury use, serious environmental damage or exploitative and unsafe working conditions. Practical case studies and solutions will help prepare the Colombian ASGM sector to comply with OECD Due Diligence requirements, and to seize opportunities to engage with legitimate markets. More information