Launch of the ADD Protocol

Posted by on May 15, 2018

May 15, 2018

We have now launched the Autonomous Due Diligence (ADD) Protocol, as part of our public toolkit for mining and mineral trade actors to demonstrate compliance with the OECD due diligence framework.

The Protocol is intended to promote global alignment of upstream supply chain due diligence practices with the OECD Guidance irrespective of the origin of mineral materials, by (1) empowering upstream supply chain participants to conduct due diligence and yet (2) ensuring a degree of standardized reporting in order to facilitate efficient and effective audits. As such, the ADD Protocol provides an open framework for upstream mineral supply chain actors to report on their efforts to respect human rights and avoid contributing to conflict through their operations. It is intended to serve as a common reference towards improved reporting on the local circumstances of mining and the mineral trade worldwide.

The ADD Protocol is also conceived as an open-source manual in that incident, contextual event, risk and risk mitigation registries will be expanded over time by Protocol users in a collaborative, public manner.

Of course our goal is also to support access to better data by downstream supply chain participants.

We are now gathering feedback on the Protocol from key stakeholders – contact us if you would like to contribute!