Mineral resources are indispensable for value added in industry and for prosperity. They make a major contribution to ensuring the basic needs of the population, ranging from food supply to renewable energy technologies. In spite of more recycling and resource efficiency, mineral raw materials extraction will continue to account for the largest share of the supply of raw materials.

Economic, social and ecological challenges are increasingly being taken into account in the field of raw materials extraction. In addition, the complex, global network of mineral resources value chains is having to fulfil more and more requirements in response to legal obligations and end users' expectations. In this context, the discussion focuses on responsible raw materials extraction, due diligence in the supply chains of "raw materials" and issues relating to financial transparency.

All stakeholders are facing the challenge of ensuring sustainability, transparency and social responsibility in the fields of raw materials extraction and the supply chain. This requires more commitment at the national and global levels.

The Conference provides an international forum for representatives of governments, business and civil society to discuss the challenges of a responsible raw materials sector. The aim is to identify international solutions and initiatives, and options for responsible action.

In addition, a study on the role of small and medium-sized enterprises of the downstream supply chain in responsible raw materials supply chains published by the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources will be presented at a side event on the 12th of November. The study examines options for action and how companies that are making efforts to act responsibly regarding "conflict minerals" can be supported.

The Conference will take place in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). It will be opened by Federal Minister Sigmar Gabriel.

The Conference will be held in German and English. Participation in the Conference is free of charge. For organisational reasons, the event requires registration.

Please address any queries by email to rohstoffkonferenz2015@bmwi-registrierung.de.
The programme (PDF: 221 KB) contains further details.

Date: 10 - 12 November 2015
Location: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Berlin

Registration: 10 November 2015, from 12.00 hrs
Beginning: 10 November 2015, 13.30 hrs to 18 hrs; from 19 hrs evening reception
Continuation: 11 November 2015, 9.00 hrs to 16 hrs
Side event: 12 November 2015, 11.00 hrs to 13 hrs