Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions about International RBC Agreement for the Metals Sector.

1. What are the conditions to participate?

A company can participate if:

  • it uses metals;
  • it submits a motivation;
  • there is no objection on the part of the other parties to the participation of the new company;
  • it makes an annual financial contribution;
  • it signs the following official documents:
    • Agreement
    • Confidentiality Protocol
    • Assignment Agreement

2. How much does it cost to participate?
Company size
entry fee
0 – 25
26 – 250
251 – 5.000
> 5.000

3. What is expected of my company if I participate?
  • Implementing due diligence in line with the OECD Guidelines and the UNGPs;
  • Participation in one of the working groups:
    • Working Group on Due Diligence
    • Working Group on Collective Actions and Upscaling
    • Working Group on Sustainable Secondary Materials Supply Chains;
  • Collaboration with other participants in the agreement;
  • Internal and external communication about the agreement and due diligence results.

4. What is the difference between the agreement and other sustainability initiatives?

Comparison RBC initiatives

5. What instruments does the agreement offer for implementing due diligence?

Step 1: Policy and organisation

Why use it?
Maturity Assessment Tool
Questionnaire on the performance of due diligence within a company. This is completed annually by the companies.
1) Self-assessment for companies, to determine their level of implementing due diligence
2) Monitor progress in the implementation of due diligence
Maturity Improvement Plan
Template to formulate SMART objectives to improve the performance of due diligence within the company.
Improving the company's due diligence implementation.
Model international RBC policy
Example text for international RBC / due diligence policy.
Conducting due diligence starts with having a policy. This is also a requirement according to the OECD guidelines.

Step 2: Risk Analysis

Why use it?
List of due diligence information template
Template in which companies indicate who their suppliers / customers are, which materials they purchase and what the origin location is.
Gain insight into the supply chain. This is the starting point for risk analysis.
Overview of sources for analysing supply chain risks
Overview of available instruments and information sources (paid and free) in the field of international RBC risks.
Information provision to be able to perform risk analysis.
Heat map
Tool to prioritise identified risks in line with OECD guidelines (severity and likelihood).
Gain insight into which risks need to be addressed first; the most severe risks in the supply chain.

Step 3: Cease, prevent or mitigate risks

Why use it?
Template due diligence action plan
Template to create a SMART action plan to prevent and / or mitigate potential or actual adverse impacts.
Preventing, mitigating or remedying potential or actual adverse impacts in the supply chain.

Step 5: Communicate about due diligence

Why use it?
Due diligence rapport template
Template and checklist for drawing up a public report in the field of due diligence / international RBC.
To make visible as a company how it respects people and the environment for stakeholders and contribute to improving transparency in the chain. Public reporting on, among other things, the approach to potential and actual adverse impacts is a requirement according to the OECD guidelines.