Step 2 – Identify and Assess Risks in the Supply Chain

  • Identify the company’s suppliers and, in collaboration with them, identify smelters, refiners or other point of transformation in the supply chain where the mineral is processed to reach commercial market quality.
  • Engage with smelters and refiners and obtain initial information on country of origin, transit and transportation routes used between mine and smelters/refiners/point of transformation. There are a number of “red flag” triggers which oblige refiners and smelters in the supply chain to conduct due diligence in line with the OECD Guidance.
  • Assess if smelters and refiners have conducted all the necessary due diligence steps for red flag supply chains (e.g. by reviewing the information generated by the assessment teams, reviewing the results of the audit.

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