the ITSCI Programme for Responsible Mineral Supply Chains
an award-winning multi-stakeholder programme contributing to better governance, human rights & stability


ITSCI supports member companies to implement due diligence by working with governments and civil society and providing expert field, data, risk management and auditing teams


Responsible upstream operators, including mining cooperatives, companies, exporters, traders and smelters join as Full members, while downstream companies are welcome as Associates to access information


ITSCI’s purpose is to create responsible mineral supply chains that avoid contributing to conflict, human rights abuses, or other risks such as bribery, currently in central Africa


ITSCI generates and transparently publishes unique, extensive and credible information on progressive improvement in due diligence and risk mitigation in high risk areas


Since piloting in 2010, ITSCI rapidly scaled up and adapted to small and larger scale mining areas in four countries, now monitoring over 1,800 sites and recording hundreds of supply chain risks each year


ITSCI’s human resource and logistical network in remote mining areas provides a unique opportunity for more contributors to make positive differences to safety, gender equality and economies
“ITSCI has made remarkable progress and is the only on-the-ground traceability and due diligence programme that has to date been able to demonstrate a clear impact on mineral production and exports” OECD Due Diligence Implementation Report, April 2016

Stakeholder Benefits

Benefiting Business

Local miners, traders and exporters 

  • Improved security and reduced corruption
  • Economic and social development
  • Reduced risk and potential investment

Traders and smelters 

  • Reliable information from the field
  • Increased access to consistent supplies
  • Reduced reputational and financial risk

Downstream traders and manufacturers

  • Information for Dodd Frank & other compliance
  • Reduced reputational risk
  • Opportunity to make a difference ‘beyond conflict’


Benefiting Communities

National and local government 

  • Increased formalisation of artisanal and small mining
  • Improved authority and control of mining sector
  • Training and advice for due diligence monitoring
  • Improved data and potential tax collection

Local and mining communities 

  • Opportunity to report and resolve risks
  • Increased security, support and income
  • Share of taxes for infrastructure and projects

Intergovernmental and donor organisations 

  • Successful support for formalisation and trade
  • Meeting policy objectives for stabilisation and development
  • Opportunities to create results ‘beyond conflict’




Response to the 5th July 2024 RMI memo on ITSCI recognition

Response to the 5th July 2024 RMI memo on ITSCI recognition

In a 5th July 2024 memo, RMI announced they are pausing consideration of ITSCI recognition. We regret the release of this RMI communication, the content of which ITSCI was not fully informed of in advance, and, at a time when ITSCI and RMI were engaged in continued...

read more