We deploy a range of open-source reporting templates for stakeholders at the origin of mineral supply chains to autonomously demonstrate compliance with international procurement and due diligence standards.
We facilitate first-party reporting to disintermediate the informational value chain, allow communities to take back their narratives and minimise third-party audit costs.
Proof of accountability
Through mine discovery, consumer brands can demonstrate better procurement practices, as we revert the industry-wide incentives to disengage and abandon vulnerable communities.
End-user demand for relevant provenance information becomes an incentive for local communities and companies to operate more transparently.
Product manufacturers can demonstrate full supply chain due diligence by accessing mine-level data, and associate their brands with better forms of engagement at mineral extraction level.
Sustainability claim filter
We enable ranking of consumer brands based on their efforts to procure information relevant to their supply chain and financially contribute to the upstream transparency process and positive impact in mining communities.
Technology adoption has intensified the flow of information available from remote corners of the mineral supply chain. Local whistleblowers now have the potential to contribute directly to their community’s narrative. More diverse sources of local knowledge support a more accurate, objective depiction of local risks, challenges and opportunities.
Supply Chain Due Diligence
Companies that align their strategy to the business and development challenges of communities involved in their supply chain can now mitigate risk and help create value beyond immediate financial returns on investment. The OECD Guidance for Responsible Sourcing of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas provides a framework for information compilation.
In a context where costs associated with responsible procurement expectations are fundamentally passed through to mining companies and communities, the distributed betterchain framework is designed to secure sustainable funding channels to mutualise costs and incentivise transparent reporting.
Complex range of mining contexts (ASM mobility, LSM speculation)
Activity still largely rewarded through opacity / asymmetry of information
Smelting / Refining
Procurement hazard, blending and commoditisation
Complex network of globally allocated expertise
Outsourcing and the zero-accountability brand value
Local collection innovation, in compliance with international due diligence standards
Encrypted information, permissioned access
End-to-end supply chain due diligence and flow of information
Industry participants are incentivised to share relevant information (end-user demand + stake in the network)
Competition among brands to maximise discovery of mines and communities in their supply chain
Some of the World’s most vulnerable communities have been deceived by the broken accountability chain and undue discrimination
That problem of mine is yours
A significant portion of the international trade of medium- to high-value metals originates from artisanal and small ...
From bad to worse
There are two stages of knee-jerk, misguided response to upstream challenges exposed by supply chain activists.
The supply chain due diligence dilemma
Consumer-driven and regulated expectations on mineral supply chain transparency have generated negative economic ince ...
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May 15, 2018 We have now launched the Autonomous Due Diligence (ADD) Protocol, as part of our public toolkit for mini ...
May 10, 2018 Our Project Lead, Benjamin Clair, was at Re:Publica 2018 in Berlin where he participated in a panel disc ...
Companies that align their strategy to the business and development challenges of communities involved in their suppl ...
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