Author(s): Dr. Yolande Kyngdon McKay, Ruby Stocklin-Weinberg, Dr. Fabiana Di Lorenzo, Anna Barker, Estelle Levin-Nally, Jan Willem van Gelder, Anselm Iwundu, Estela Casajuana
Client(s): Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands
Estelle Levin Ltd. is excited to announce the publication of the “Scoping Study on Possible Activities of the European Partnership for Responsible Minerals (EPRM)”. This study was commissioned by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and was carried out by Estelle Levin Ltd. and Profundo. The report examines the activities that the newly formed European Partnership for Responsible Minerals could undertake to help enhance the trade in responsibly-sourced tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold, also known as the 3TGs. ELL’s recommendations for activities the EPRM could undertake include:
- Training, supporting and equipping civil society to take part in monitoring, reporting and evaluating issues related to the due diligence and traceability process in an effort to reinforce the voice of civil society, improve accountability structures in conflict-affected and high-risk areas, and render existing efforts more effective, accurate and sustainable;
- Facilitating the harmonisation of existing responsible 3TG mining and sourcing projects around the world, and supporting their up-scaling whenever possible;
- Carrying out a review of the measures being taken by businesses and industry associations operating in the UAE to find entry points and incentives to tackle illegal gold trading (from DRC and elsewhere) and promote conformance with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance; and
- Engaging with the Gold and Illicit Financial Flows (GIFF) Project to better understand Illicit Financial Flows in the gold industry and provide greater insight into this issue to help develop solutions that can improve efforts in the formalisation of the artisanal and small-scale gold mining sector globally.