14 April 2022

15th OECD Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains 2-6 May 2022

Stakeholder discussion on corporate sustainability due diligence:
Launch of a new management system certification
Background of the side session:

The increasing sustainability requirements for companies demand new ways to objectify, validate or confirm the sustainability performances of globally active companies. Supply chain due diligence in the mineral/metal sector is a key element regarding the envisaged sustainability transition. Especially under the consideration of existing and upcoming national and European acts on corporate supply chain due diligence, a new standard for the mineral and metal sector was developed. During the session, we will present the core elements of the standard and highlight the characteristics in which it differs from other existing standards. After a brief introduction and launch of the standards’ first edition, we will discuss the beginning of the stakeholder consultation phase as part of a panel discussion with stakeholders from business, science, and civil society.

Agenda of the session:
  • Short presentation of the new sustainability standard (15min)
  • Invitation to an extended stakeholder participation
Panel discussion with stakeholders of the metals industry, certification, consulting, and civil society:
  • Can certification schemes confirm the requirements of the upcoming supply chain acts on social and environmental risks?
  • What parameters and governance structure should a standard adhere to satisfy the stakeholders' expectations?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of sustainability management certification systems?
  • What are the experiences from the industry regarding the new standard?
  • Where are the challenges to implement management systems regarding increasing sustainability requirements?

Please feel free to contact: 

Raoul Mancke

M Raoul.Mancke@kiwa.com

T +491702261294