The European Partnership for Responsible Minerals (EPRM) is a multi-stakeholder partnership. EPRM was established to create better social and economic conditions for mine workers and local mining communities. It does this by increasing the number of mines that adopt responsible mining practices in Conflict and High-Risk Areas (CAHRAs).
Call for proposals 2020
Do you have an idea to improve the conditions for miners and mining communities working on tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold? Are these mines and communities located in conflict-affected and high-risk areas (CAHRAs)? The European Partnership for Responsible Minerals (EPRM) is launching a new call for proposals. Companies, NGOs, public or semi-public organisations and knowledge institutions can submit their project ideas. Project ideas must help artisanal and small-scale mines use responsible mining practices.
The projects funded by EPRM must contribute to the vision and ambitions of EPRM. Projects should:
- Improve working conditions and improve the standard of living for artisanal and small-scale miners in CAHRAs;
- Improve the responsible production of minerals and metals at artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sites;
- Encourage the trade of responsible ASM minerals sourced from CAHRAs;
- Prepare artisanal and small-scale miners, supply chain actors and the governments of mining countries in CAHRAs for the EU Conflict Minerals Regulation.
This round has no specific geographical focus, but the activities should take place in a CAHRA. For more details on the application criteria, eligible costs and ranking criteria, please read the Administrative Rules. If you have questions about the Administrative Rules or want to discuss your ideas, please contact the EPRM Secretariat.
Who can apply for EPRM?
Subsidies are for partnerships. A lead party applies for the subsidy. A partnership consists of a minimum of 2 partners, of which one is preferably a supply chain actor. If the subsidy amount requested is more than €340,000, the partnership must have a supply chain actor. Any of the partners can be the lead party. Applicants can be registered in any country.
If you want to apply, please submit a quick scan first. The quick scan will allow you to pitch your idea. One of our EPRM advisors will assess your quick scan. They advise you whether to develop your ideas further and how to do this. You can only submit a formal application after completing a quick scan.
- The deadline for submitting the quick scan was 15 June 2020 14:00 CEST.
- The deadline for submitting your formal application was 1 September 2020 14:00 CEST.
Please note: During this phase, the EPRM secretariat can advise you on the Administrative Rules. You can also discuss your ideas with the secretariat.
For more information on the application criteria, please visit the EPRM website.
EPRM is a multi-stakeholder partnership. Its objective is to increase responsibly produced minerals from conflict-affected and high-risk areas (CAHRAs). EPRM also aims to support the socially responsible extraction of minerals that contributes to local development.
EPRM helps with the EU Conflict Minerals Regulation, as the regulation alone is not enough to make a real change. EPRM supports mine sites in CAHRAs. The aim of this support is to enable more mines to follow the standards required by OECD Due Diligence Guidance. This will then allow companies to source minerals from the mines while also following relevant regulations. EPRM focusses on tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold (3TG).
To reach its objectives, EPRM focusses on 3 actions:
1. Supporting mine sites - Responsible production
Artisanal and small-scale mines (ASMs) are given support to produce more responsibly. This gives them access to formal markets at local and international levels.
2. Supporting companies - Responsible sourcing
Mid- and downstream actors are given support to improve their due diligence practices to source 3TG responsibly. Support is given via capacity building and cross-sectoral learning, for example.
3. Linking production and sourcing
Improved links are created between supply chain actors. This encourages trade from ASMs in CAHRAs.
RBC guidelines for EPRM membership and projects
The Dutch government and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency believe it is important for Dutch companies to serve as an example for Responsible Business Conduct (RBC). Please read our RBC guidelines for EPRM membership and projects.
Risks and opportunities
When you receive our financial support to do business abroad, you must do so responsibly. Our RBC policy gives guidelines for you to follow on Responsible Business Conduct. We look at RBC risks and opportunities:
- Risks are social and environmental risks. The guidelines advise you on how to prevent and/or minimise them.
- Opportunities contribute to one or more Sustainable Development Goals via your activities.
Guidelines for membership and funding
- OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises
These apply to Dutch SMEs and local companies that receive funding from the Dutch government.
- OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas
- United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
EPRM members must act following these United Nations (UN) Guiding Principles.
- FMO Exclusion List
Activities on this list do not qualify as EPRM projects. EPRM projects that aim to address risks in the areas of labour conditions, child labour and the environment do qualify.
- Gender equality
EPRM follows our gender implementation policy.
- United Nations Security Council Consolidated List, and
- Consolidated list of persons, groups and entities subject to EU financial sanctions
Companies listed on the UN and European Union (EU) sanctions lists cannot apply for an EPRM subsidy.
RBC and your application for EPRM membership and funding
RBC features as follows:
- In the application form, we will ask you to agree to act following the international RBC guidelines. These are the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
- We ask new members to complete a Due Diligence Check.
- In the application form for EPRM projects, we will ask you to develop a risk analysis. RBC risks and themes are a part of this analysis.
- With the Due Diligence Hub, EPRM helps supply chain actors to improve their due diligence efforts based on OECD Guidelines.
- We may discuss further measures for preventing and minimising RBC risks as part of the project funding agreement for EPRM membership admission.
Find out more
Would you like to learn more about the projects EPRM is funding in mine sites? Visit the EPRM project pages or browse through the Due Diligence Hub for tailored information on how to carry out due diligence in your company.
Do you want to learn about recent EPRM developments? Visit the news section on the EPRM website.
The Netherlands Enterprise Agency serves as the secretariat for EPRM. For more information on the call for proposals in 2020 or how to apply, please contact EPRM@rvo.nl.