Responsible metals supply chains

Responsible metals supply chains

Metals are essential for the production of many goods and technologies and are crucial for the low-carbon transition. The implementation of the Agreement will be devoted towards:

  • providing companies with the necessary knowledge, instruments and other resource tools to be able to understand and/or address potential risks in their supply chains (from extraction to recycling),
  • identifying and addressing potential risks linked to the secondary materials (metal scrap) supply chains, and
  • encouraging relevant actors in the metals supply chains (at the national and international level) to adopt and implement the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights.

We call on all our suppliers, stakeholders and others involved to support and join our effort in working towards responsible metals supply chains.

Here you can find the full press release about the covenant and here you can read the full IRBC agreement. For a short introduction about the background, the benefits and the process you can open this 2-page document. More information about this topic can be found on the VNMI website:

Interested in joining or learning more? Contact the secretariat at or visit the website.