Blog and News European Commission publishes guidelines for the identification of conflict-affected and high-risk areas and other supply chain risks

European Commission publishes guidelines for the identification of conflict-affected and high-risk areas and other supply chain risks

Commission recommendation (EU) 2018/1149 provides guidelines on how EU importers can carry out their supply chain due diligence for compliance with the EU conflict minerals regulation (EU) 2017/821.

The guidelines outline the risk-based due diligence five step framework as recommended by OECD Due Diligence Guidance. They also provide a clear definition and a list of relevant open-source information to help companies identify conflict-affected and high-risk areas.

In addition to country of origin risks, the guidelines also provide a list of “red flag” situations that should trigger enhanced due diligence e.g. where company's suppliers operate in ‘red-flag’ locations of mineral origin and transit.

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