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Outsourcing in Metals Supply Chains

Identify and understand the hidden risks

Outsourcing can involve risks which lead to violations of labour rights, moreover, these outsourcing practices can often be difficult to identify through standard due diligence measures.

Learn more about the issues following the cases of outsourcing in poly metal mining in Peru, Colombia, and Bolivia.  Check our case study and also the study by Peruvian researcher Jaris Mújica to identify and understand the hidden risks.

Case Studies in mining

(also available in Spanish below) 

 Case study in Spanish /  Estudio de caso en espanol 

Study on violations of labour rights and outsourcing at mining sites

In 2020, a study conducted by Jaris Mújica, Peruvian researcher and anthropologist, showed results that mark the importance of union presence in the mines owned by Glencore in Peru. The analysis, which contains the voices of miners, both from Andaychagua (Yauli, Junín) and Antapaccay (Espinar, Cusco) mining sites. It emphasizes the labour conditions of outsourced workers, the absence of long contracts, the non-payment of overtime, as well as the precarious health and safety conditions to which they are exposed.  

> Learn more: Study on violations of labour and union rights of outsourced workers (DOWNLOAD PDF)

Stories of the workers

To give you an understanding of the situation of outsourced miners  watch their stories in these animated videos.

Watch 'Violated rights and fictitious freedom of association'

Watch 'The hidden face of mining'

Watch the OECD-Stakeholder event on outsourcing (webinar)

In a virtual session we presented a case study on outsourcing at the beginning of minerals supply chains, in polymetal mining industry in Peru, Colombia and Bolivia.

Various participants of the Dutch Agreements on International Responsible Business Conduct ( IRBC Agreements ), a multi-stakeholder initiative consisting of companies, investors, and trade unions shared their experiences, best practices and perspectives on how to mitigate the risks related to outsourcing in the mining value chain.

  • Frank Wagemans, senior engagement specialist Achmea investment management
  • Tonnis J. Poppema, global head of compliance, Nyrstar
  • Olga van Leeuwen, project lead, secretariat of the international RBC agreement for metals sector, SER
  • Elles van Ark, directora CNV Internationaal
  • Fabiana Di Lorenzo, director responsible sourcing, Levin Sources. (moderator)

To watch this webinar registered last 29th of April 2021 :