OECD Alignment Assessment – applying the lessons learned to support companies

OECD Alignment Assessment – applying the lessons learned to support companies

The support Kumi has been providing to the OECD in delivering the Alignment Assessment project has given us unique insights into the current state of due diligence practices across global supply chains for conflict minerals. We are now using these insights to inform and strengthen the services we provide to our clients.

Draft OECD Alignment Assessment methodology published

Draft OECD Alignment Assessment methodology published

The draft methodology for assessing the alignment of industry programmes with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Mineral Supply Chains has now been published. This post provides an overview of the structure and design of what is likely to become an important resource for industry programmes working to address the issue of conflict minerals.

OECD launches responsible sourcing standard for agricultural supply chains

OECD launches responsible sourcing standard for agricultural supply chains

A new global standard has been published by the OECD that can legitimately claim to represent consensus on how companies should assess and respond to the risks of social and environmental impacts in agricultural supply chains.  Investors, producers and consumers of agricultural commodities should take note. 

Small-scale gold mining: some reflections from Ghana

Small-scale gold mining: some reflections from Ghana

In September, Andrew Britton from Kumi presented to the inaugural Africa-Dubai Precious Metals Forum held in Accra, Ghana, on the contributions that the gold mining industry can make to international development. He reflects on his discussions with gold producers, traders and refiners on some of the challenges facing the industry.

Do companies over-rely on certification?

Do companies over-rely on certification?

Sustainability certification schemes for commodities such as tea, cotton or palm oil can add value as a recognised means of managing social and environmental risks in companies' supply chains. But is this enough? As a recent BBC investigation has highlighted, companies need to ensure they also understand the limitations to such schemes.