Civil society statement at the 10th Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains, Paris, 10-12 May 2016
National and international civil society organisations working to advance transparency and accountability in supply chains welcome this 10th Joint Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains. The Forum represents a commitment by governments and companies to engage in more responsible sourcing and trading in line with applicable laws and standards, such as the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs).
New Report on Due Diligence Efforts in Precious Stones Supply Chain
A new study that examines due diligence efforts in the precious stone and diamond supply chains has been relesased. "Due Diligence for Responsible Sourcing of Precious Stones" was undertaken by the Precious Stones Multi-Stakeholder Working Group (PS-MSWG), an open, non-exclusive coalition of companies, associations, NGOs and governments sharing an interest in responsible sourcing and supply chain due diligence for precious stones.
Time for Leadership at the Kimberley Process
By Offah Obale, Conflict Minerals Researcher
Flying out of Angola after last month’s Kimberley Process (KP) Plenary, the biannual meeting held by the diamond certification scheme, I couldn’t help but breathe a sigh of relief. It had been an intense week as Partnership Africa Canada, along with 10 other civil society groups who sit as members of the Kimberley Process, announced a boycott for 2016 in response to the chairmanship of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). As we explained to the nations and industry groups who make up the rest of the Kimberley Process membership, our boycott was due to widespread concerns over UAE’s lenient diamond import standards and its antagonistic relationship with our coalition.
New Reports on Artisanal Diamond Mining in Côte D'Ivoire and Democratic Republic of Congo
Partnership Africa Canada is pleased to present two new reports on the artisanal diamond sector, produced in collaboration with civil society partners.
Transitions at PAC
After 20 years as Executive Director of Partnership Africa Canada, Bernard Taylor will be retiring on October 30. We thank Bernard for his years of guidance and leadership, and wish him all the best as he embarks on new adventures.
Today we are excited to announce the appointment of Joanne Lebert as our new Executive Director, who will be taking up the position as of November 1.
Spotlight on 2014 in PAC's Year in Review
Partnership Africa Canada is excited to share with you our newly released 2014 Year in Review.