Global Witness is marking the launch of new Chinese Guidelines for overseas mining and mineral trading firms with the publication of a new briefing paper. It highlights a particular component of the Guidelines – the need for Chinese companies to carry out rigorous supply chain checks.
The European Union is failing to stifle a deadly trade in conflict minerals, a coalition of NGOs warned today, weeks before new legislation will be discussed in Brussels. A new analysis by Global Witness shows that companies are bringing billions of euros worth of minerals into Europe without having to check if their purchases finance armed groups or human rights violations in countries ravaged by conflict.
The international board meeting of the Extractives Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) confirmed today that Azerbaijan was in breach of its requirements, by preventing civil society stakeholders from meeting, organising, accessing funds and speaking freely.