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European Partnership for Responsible Minerals - EPRM

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11-05-2021

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

There are no calls for proposals at this moment.

Background information

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.

Why EPRM?

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).

Actions

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

RBC and your application for EPRM membership and funding

RBC features as follows:

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, please contact EPRM@rvo.nl.

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