To continue with the interim revision of the CRAFT code, the Standards team analyzes the recommendations from the independent evaluation using the OECD DDG Alignment Assessment as a part of the process of recognition as Upstream Mechanism by the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI). 

After the analysis, the team addressed those recommendations based on sixteen criteria (highlighted) for the CRAFT CODE Volume 1 and Volume 2A and Volume 2B (main scope: the Artisanal and Small-scale Mineral Producer (AMP)). Therefore, we are proposing some small changes in the precisions of text to correspond with specific wording of concepts in the OECD Due Diligence Guidance, clarifications concerning the responsibilities of the ASM in the due diligence process and some additional requirements were added as a part of this process.

We are sharing those changes under the CRAFT Code Volume 1 and Volume 2A and Volume 2B Release Candidate drafts to receive public feedback until October 2023 and to maintain the recognition (standard) of the main scope of the CRAFT Code by the RMI. Later in the year, we will publish the proposed changes for the CRAFT Volume 3 Release Candidate because the adjustment of this Volume will include more time and organizing some working groups with CRAFT implementers and upstream mechanisms.

Summary of the main changes in CRAFT Code 2.1 Release Candidate 1

Volume 1 Introduction
  • Included some precisions in the due diligence responsibility between AMP and buyers.
  • Organizational scope: Maintained the organizational structure as not prescriptive but included the detail that a decision-making leadership structure needs to be in place and added a short guidance description.
  • Added CRAFT report precisions about the correspondence with Step 1, establishing a management system. CRAFT sets out the principles and standards as a management system and in analogy to Annex I of the OECD DDG.
  • Some details for the CRAFT full and summary reports and its role to provide information of the AMP and its risk management to support in part BUYER’s due diligence.
  • Aligned further the CRAFT public report version with the OECD DDG Step 5 report requirements.

 Addressed OECD alignment assessment criteria B.1, B.2, B.49 and B.70.

Volume 2A: AMP general requirements
  • Added to the criterion 1/5.2.3/R.1 “the AMP has a de-facto or formally constituted decision-making leadership structure”.
  • New details to the requirement 1/5.2.3/R.2 and more precision to the criteria regarding the public CRAFT report and the CRAFT Code as its Management System and the implementation of a supply chain policy.
  • New requirement M.1/5.2.3/R.4: The AMP ensures that the requirements of the CRAFT Code, which the AMP has adopted as its supply chain policy and committed to fulfill, are communicated in a way that reaches all Members.
  • Specifications to the requirement 1/5.2.11/R.1. Role and responsibilities of the Responsible Person of the CRAFT code implementation.
  • Detail to the pass criterion of the requirement 4/2.2.1/R.1 related to the payment of taxes to governments.

 Addressed OECD alignment assessment criteria B.1, B.2, B.3, B.4, B.6, B.8, B.17, B.21, B22, B.48, B.49, B.59.

Volume 2B: AMP commodity-specific requirements

Gold specific requirements 

Added the words “precious metals” and New requirement M.4/5.2.12/S.1.1 to specify the measure of traceability. 

Tin, Tantalum, Tungsten specific requirements

New requirement M.4/2.2.1/S.2.1  to disclose disaggregated information on taxes and payments. 

Addressed OECD alignment assessment criteria B.14, B.17 y B.20.

To see the full proposed changes, please access to each of the documents.

The CRAFT Code Volumes 1 and 2 Release Candidate versions, with the feedback received, will be discussed with the CRAFT Committee members in the second semester. 

Welcome your comments or suggestions to before October 1, 2023.