The Guidance contains practical recommendations for companies to conduct due diligence along their value chains relating to the topics dealt with in the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (e.g. human rights, work conditions, environment, combatting corruption). The six steps of the process proposed to conduct due diligence are explained among other things with helpful questions and answers for practitioners. The Guidance is intended for companies with risks in their value chains no matter their sector or size. It is also meant for the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights.
OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas
This guidance is aimed at enterprises in the raw materials industry that operate in conflict-affected and high-risk areas. It helps these enterprises to exercise their due diligence for the supply chain and identify risks in order to prevent their activities from indirectly supporting conflicts or contributing to human rights abuses. The guidance contains two supplements on the specific challenges involved in mining and trading in tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold.
This guidance helps mining, oil and gas enterprises take stakeholder interests into account (e.g. local communities, employees, artisanal miners) within the framework of their corporate due diligence. Its aim is for enterprises to contribute to social and economic development by developing a strategy that involves stakeholders (especially those most affected) in their planning and business activities. The guidance provides practical advice on identifying and dealing with risks to avoid adversely affecting stakeholders.
The guidance published by the OECD in conjunction with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is aimed at enterprises that operate along the international supply chain for agricultural products. It contains recommendations for a corporate policy that takes into account the international standards relevant to a responsible agricultural supply chain. The guidance also includes advice on developing a risk-based due diligence process to reduce the greatest risks and to involve the local communities.
This guidance contains recommendations for enterprises in the garment and footwear sector on implementing due diligence in terms of their activities and individual supply chains. It contains guidance on devising a responsible corporate policy, developing a risk-based due diligence process and associated communication measures, and access to remediation if the enterprise’s activities have negative consequences.
Other OECD Tools
Other OECD activities relate to implementation tools for responsible business conduct in the finance sector (including institutional investors) and guidance with general recommendations on due diligence in the value chain for all sectors.
Links to the OECD guidances: http://mneguidelines.oecd.org/sectors/