FREE Online Q&A: Conflict Minerals: A Due Diligence Approach

About this webinar

A practical online Q&A that discusses conflict minerals due diligence, utilising a combined legal and data solution approach. The session draws on a recent case study of a large tobacco conglomerate to illustrate the best practice application of responsible sourcing principles and how a beyond compliance approach delivers multiple stakeholder benefits.


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  • Duration: 1 Hour
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FREE Q&A: Tuesday 29 March 2022




Conflict minerals, primarily tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold, are ubiquitous in industrial and consumer electronics such as smartphones, tablets and computers. They are also widely used in automotive and aerospace products, medical equipment and a host of other products that make their way into our homes and businesses. 

The source of the so-called 3TGs is limited to mines in the Eastern Congo (DRC) and adjacent nations. These resource-rich countries are riven by poor and corrupt governance, and the minerals are invariably controlled by armed groups. As a result, human rights violations are widespread and there is little or no respect for international human rights law. 

The risk, as well as responsibility, for businesses to know and show their understanding of their supply chain’s exposure to conflict minerals and other human rights abuses, such as modern slavery, is being driven by legislation. For example, the EU Conflict Minerals Regulation 2017 requires certain EU companies to identify the smelters and refiners in their supply chains and check whether they have the correct due diligence practices in place. In the US, the Dodd Frank Act Section 1502 requires US-listed companies to carry out and report on due diligence on minerals sourced from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and neighbouring countries.


Elsewhere, the European Parliament has passed a resolution with recommendations for a directive to enact mandatory due diligence legislation. This directive is likely to oblige British companies that trade within the EU to identify, address and remedy aspects of their value chain that could or do infringe on human rights, the environment and good governance.


Colleen Theron, CEO Ardea International

Colleen is a tri- qualified lawyer with over 25 years of legal and commercial experience of working with business, organisations and NGOs across sectors on both a strategic and operational level. She provides advisory services, training and online resources to both directors and employees on human rights, modern slavery and sustainability issues. Colleen has an LLM (with distinction) in Environmental Law from the University of Aberdeen. She sits on the advisory board for LexisPSL Environment and was nominated as one of the Top 100 Corporate Modern Slavery influencers in the UK in 2018.

James Courtis-Pond, AnyDATA

After floating an analytic company on AIM in 2014, James co-founded AnyDATA, infusing its DNA of AnyDATA with compliance and in particular, environmentalism from the start. Anticipating growing ESG regulations, AnyDATA has developed an innovative data/AI Platform ideally suited to myriad of data related issues as “ESG” regulatory frameworks expand. ​​James was a lawyer at Clifford Chance and Allen & Overy, then GC & Head of Compliance for two global energy companies (Edison Mission and UPC Renewables).

The Q&A will last 60 minutes and includes a question and answer session. At the point of registration you will have the opportunity to submit questions you would like to our speakers to respond to on the live session.

Unable to join us on the day? We will record this session. If you are unable to attend live, please register and we will send you a link to the recording after the Q&A and a link to download the speakers’ presentations and other outputs.


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This Q&A is paired with Ardea International’s Business & Human Rights – online training and support programme. REGISTER for the next session, scheduled for 27 April 2022.

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