Goal

Bridge the information gap between mining communities and ethical consumers.

Stimulate data availability

Local compliance with due diligence standards is achieved through reliable access to dynamic information on the circumstances of mineral production and local trade.

Enable contribution

A distributed, open-source platform enables inclusion of a broad range of mining operations, and secures participation of the greatest number of manufacturers.

Demonstrate accountability

Full supply chain discovery demonstrates better procurement practices, and reverts the industry-wide incentive to disengage and abandon communities.

Reward operators

Pricing access to local supply chain due diligence information provides an incentive for local workers to operate more transparently.

Build customer trust

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.

Mining

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Harness innovation to revert the natural resource curse.

Online Communities

Video provides a powerful way to help you prove your point. When you click Online Video, you can paste in the embed code for the video you want to add. You can also type a keyword to search online for the video that best fits your document.

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 supply chain due diligence.

Blockchain

Blockchain could have a transformative impact on the mining and mineral industry, by raising supply chain transparency, but also creating value for its stakeholders, both upstream and downstream.

Challenge

Promote better forms of supply chain engagement, to turn transparent reporting into a value driver.

Context

Mining

Complex range of mining contexts (ASM mobility, LSM speculation)


Trading

Activity still largely rewarded through opacity / asymmetry of information


Smelting / Refining

Procurement hazard, blending and commoditization


Manufacturing

Complex network of globally allocated expertise


End-users

Outsourcing and the zero-accountability brand value


Response

Better Data

Local collection innovation, in compliance with due diligence standards


Confidentiality

 


Accountability

End-to-end supply chain due diligence and flow of information


Network Effect

Industry participants are incentivized to share relevant information (end-user demand + stake in the network)


Better Footprint

Competition among brands to maximize discovery of mines and communities in their supply chain


Call To Action

Some of the World’s most vulnerable communities have been deceived by the broken accountability chain and misguided 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 scale mining (ASM) sites globally.

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 incentives.

Better is good

A Better Chain is a supply chain that stimulates continuous procurement from those complex geographies by enforcing upstream supply chain due diligence in accordance with the internationally recognized OECD framework.

Framework

Coming soon...

Consortium

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