ITSCI, which is run by the International Tin Association, is a private sector mechanism that monitors tin, tantalum and tungsten mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi for human rights abuses. human rights such as child labour, and the link with the financing of conflicts.
In an update posted on its website, the IGR said it had previously based its approval of the ITSCI on a 2018 evaluation of the device by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development with a validity period of three years, which was extended but has now expired because he did not receive “ITSCI’s affirmative response to IGR’s invitations to reapply.”
In an email, ITSCI program manager Mickael Daudin said the organization would need more time to analyze the IGR statement before commenting.
A year ago, ITSCI told its members, in a memo seen by Reuters, that the program had “reservations” about sharing information with RMI and protecting confidentiality.
The RMI said the change will take effect on January 1, 2023, with a six-month grace period for smelters, after which they will have to show RMI auditors direct evidence of traceability, mine site assessments, assessments supply chain risks and KYC (know your customer) procedures, or being labeled non-compliant.
The RMI initiative could prompt mineral exporters and smelters to take a closer look at their supply chains, said Mike Loch, president of Chicago-based mineral due diligence firm Responsible Trade.
“This could spur innovation and push some companies to set up their own chain of custody,” he said.
RMI, which has more than 400 member companies, from Apple and Alphabet to Tesla and Walmart, develops tools and resources that companies use to make mineral sourcing decisions.