In recent years, the business world has shown growing concern about environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues, and the critical minerals sector is no exception. However, while measures have been considered to address environmental and human rights concerns, progress in combating corruption in mineral supply chains appears slow. Failing to include corruption in the ESG conversation significantly contributes to instability and volatility in mineral supply chains. It poses a reputational risk for consumer-facing companies and perpetuates poverty in sourcing countries, worsening the divide between the Global North and South.
This in-person panel discussion will bring together representatives from the EU, international organizations, NGOs, and civil society from sourcing countries to emphasize the importance of tackling corruption in the supply chains of raw materials. The discussion aims to assess the progress made so far and explore possibilities to address the existing gaps.