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Due Diligence in Mineral Value Chains: Responsible Business Conduct

Master due diligence in mineral value chains with EIT Raw Materials to enhance your skills in responsible business conduct.

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Due Diligence in Mineral Value Chains: Responsible Business Conduct

  • 4 weeks

  • 2 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Intermediate level

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Understand due diligence legal requirements with EIT Raw Materials

Responsible business conduct and due diligence in supply chain management practice have become a prerequisite for any skill set, career path, or job opportunity in the business sector.

On this four-week course, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of due diligence in mineral value chains from a European perspective.

You’ll develop your knowledge of the legal requirements in this area as well as sustainable supply chain management and responsible sourcing.

Explore risk assessment and management as well as stakeholder engagement

You’ll start by unpacking different perspectives of due diligence to understand how stakeholders work together.

During the second week of the course, you’ll take a deep dive into the business case, focusing on risk assessment and management, stakeholder engagement, and reporting.

Armed with this knowledge, you’ll know how to outline business cases that demonstrate benefits and added value.

Gain practical skills in supply chain management

During week three, you’ll learn from real-world cases to see successful and impactful implementations of due diligence in practice.

This practical exercise will help you gain industry-ready due diligence skills from both a business and policy point of view.

Learn how to improve sustainable sourcing

On the final week of the course, you’ll look to the future to discover how Europe shapes the global due diligence agenda.

You’ll also learn how you can use your skills to contribute to corporate and societal short and long-term impacts, such as the ability to identify and assess due diligence gaps and how to improve sustainable sourcing through easier identification of sustainability risks.

What topics will you cover?

In the first week you will develop a basic understanding of the foundational aspects of due diligence by exploring different perspectives of the concept. We will take, for example, a multi-stakeholder perspective, a right holder’s legal requirements, and discuss how these different perspectives work together.

In the second week we put the spotlight on the business case. Thereby we will focus on risk assessment and management, implementation and monitoring, as well as stakeholder engagement and reporting.

In the third week you will learn from real-world cases with successful and impactful implementation of due diligence practice, both from business and policy.

And in the final week we will look into the future and discover how Europe shapes the global due diligence agenda.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and join a global classroom of learners. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explain the societal relevance of human rights and environmental due diligence
  • Explore the business case for due diligence
  • Apply the OECD Guidelines and their meaning for different institutional and local contexts
  • Identify and evaluate good practices along the mineral value chain
  • Discuss the current state and related challenges of the European industry
  • Design, with other stakeholders, new management practices and solutions

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in responsible business conduct and due diligence.

It will be of most benefit to:

• EU-based and multinational manufacturing companies in the renewable energy and information and communication technology supply chains

• Corporate representatives working in supply chain management, procurement as well as corporate strategic supply chain transparency and ESG

• Academic research institutions and consultancies working on due diligence, auditing, or supply chain transparency and management • National and EU policymakers and regulators

• Associations (business, commodity type, unions) engaging in due diligence

• Civil society/NGOs advocating for due diligence in global mineral supply chains and combating adverse human rights and environmental impacts in sourcing countries and the upstream sector

Who will you learn with?

A mining & economic development specialist, I am interested in how the global mining industry can contribute to improve lives in resource-rich developing countries. Working on EU-Africa partnerships.

I am a professional for sustainability in the extractives sector. Over the last 15 years I have been working with European policymakers on improving public policy and sustainability.

Mariana is part of the team of the Vienna University of Economics and Business. She is a researcher with background in supply chain management and corporate responsibility.

Who developed the course?

EIT RawMaterials

Initiated and funded by the EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology), a body of the European Union, EIT RawMaterials is the largest European raw materials partnership.

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