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Support for SMEs on mineral supply chain due diligence

2019-2020

EPRM

The objective of this project was to elaborate a study into the types of support needed by EU SMEs to build their capacity to conduct supply chain due diligence in accordance with the OECD DDG.

The study found keeping up with and meeting responsible sourcing requirements is often seen as overwhelming and costly, and that SMEs want help understanding practically what is expected of them, and how to comply with due diligence expectations in a way that is efficient and profitable for them.
As part of this study, the companies will also be developed content for a SME Due Diligence Support System with regards to minerals and metals and a focus on 3TG, and a proposed communications strategy in accordance with the needs and preferences expressed by SMEs during research and stakeholder consultations.

Zabala gave support to develop a suite of ready-to-use tools to build the capacity of SMEs across the EU to perfom due diligence on their mineral supply chains. The method of delivery for the tools was an online “Due Diligence Support System”, a platform designed by Levin Sources and Zabala.

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