iTSCi report demonstrates effective risk management outcomes in 3T minerals supply
Newly published data from the iTSCi minerals due diligence programme demonstrates effective risk identification and management outcomes for tin, tungsten and tantalum supply from Central Africa.
The new figures show how the 3,063 incidents recorded and managed across 1,341 mine sites in four countries by iTSCi from 2011 to 2016 have resulted in 2,081 positive outcomes, as the co-ordinated combination of actions by stakeholders has achieved successful and progressive improvement in the supply chain.
Through iTSCi implementation, companies, governments, civil society and iTSCi staff facilitated and followed up on the resolution of risk incidents and achieved important outcomes including;
- Traceability verification (24%)
- Government accountability and improved performance (15%)
- Process improvements in due diligence and systems (15%)
- Suspension and controls of mines or companies (12%)
- Due diligence actions on specific supplies (11%)
- Advice and training by iTSCi or others (11%)
- Human rights, safety and environmental improvements (7%)
- Security improvements by state and private services (5%)
Of outcomes achieved by companies, around 70% were related to due diligence actions and improvements in processes for managing risks. Of those associated with governments, 40% led to improved government performance, plus significant numbers of actions on suspensions, arrests, or direct action from the command structure of state services.
This new review of incidents also showed that across the extensive iTSCi monitored areas and supply chains, instances of the most serious human rights abuses were very low, averaging 2 per year, and potential risks from non-state armed groups or unidentified bandits totalled only 22, or 0.7% of incidents.
Over six years of continued growth in implementation from 2011 to 2016, more than 90,800,000 kg of mineral concentrate were traded in more than 5.4 million in-region business transactions. Risk management is achieved by the continual presence of iTSCi on-the-ground teams of experts who, in 2016, undertook 400-500 site visits per month to mining areas, mineral processing and storage facilities and along transport routes, helping to raise-awareness, advising and training several thousand people.