Due diligence in the metal sector
Step 1. Embed RBC into policies and management systems.
What is step 1?
The government, consumers, business relationships, trade unions and other civil society organisations expect companies to demonstrate that in all their activities they respect the rights of children, employees and local residents and operate in an environmentally friendly manner. By drawing up an international RBC policy, the company makes it clear how it seeks to do business. The company must then integrate the policy internally and into relationships with suppliers and other business relationships.
Want to know more about step 1?
- OECD Due Diligence Guidance For Responsible Business Conduct - OECD
- Virtual Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Mineral Supply Chains - OECD
- ‘Stap 1 Beleidsplan’ – Social and Economic Council
- Learn how to implement step 1 - European Partnership for Responsible Minerals
- Frequently Asked Questions Step 1 – European Commission
Step 1 and the agreement
The agreement offers various instruments to implement the first step as a company. Companies use the ‘Model international RBC policy’ as inspiration when drawing up their own policy. The ‘Maturity Assessment Tool’ helps companies to understand the status of due diligence implementation within the company. A score is generated from the questionnaire in the Maturity Assessment Tool. Companies use the ‘Maturity Improvement Plan’ to develop a plan to increase their score. Companies are expected to submit the Maturity Assessment Tool and the Maturity Improvement Plan to the Secretariat annually. In addition to using the tools, companies gain access to a network of experts to assist them in implementing step 1.