Know About The RMI’s Publish On Downstream Assessment Program(DAP)

The Responsible Mineral Initiative (RMI) is one of the initiatives proposed by Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) for responsible sourcing of minerals globally for various industries. They operate with accuracy, transparency, and accountability for responsible sourcing for a sustainable future. However, recently RMI revised and updated its Downstream Assessment Program (DAP) for better ethical mineral sourcing. Hence, this blog explores an updated version of the Downstream Assessment Program (DAP) 

Background On DAP Program:


DAP was initiated by RMI in 2016, addressing the increasing need to verify the mineral sourcing of companies in the metal and mineral sectors that do not qualify as per the Responsible Minerals Assurance Process (RMAP). The DAP is inclusive of any mineral/metal used within a company’s operations, as it is not specific to any particular mineral. The facilities included within DAP can utilize this program to showcase the alignment of their ethical sourcing practices with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Mineral Supply Chains and furnish validated details about their responsible sourcing efforts. 


The DAP plays a crucial role in helping companies adhere to regulatory standards worldwide, like EU Responsible Minerals Regulation (EU CMR Regulation 2017/821) for importers within EU for sourcing Tantalum, Tungsten, Tin, And Gold (3TG) that are not classified as smelters, refiners, or under EU battery regulation. By providing verification of responsible sourcing practices, the DAP aids companies in meeting the requirements of customers and investors throughout mineral and metal supply chains.


The initiative by the RMI for DAP recognition under the European Commission within CMR frameworks was analyzed and identified by OECD Alignment Assessment. However, the results were favorable as it indicated that the program was aligned by the OECD but with a gap of more than 10% in the implementation. RMI immediately followed all the concerns addressed by providing the guidance for the companies and firms to utilize the DAP efficiently. 

Updated Version Of DAP Program:


The Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) is delighted to announce that its Downstream Assessment Program (DAP) has introduced an upgraded set of materials by the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Mineral Supply Chains, following the findings of the OECD Alignment Assessment. On April 1, 2024, the RMI released the updated Assessment Procedure and Guidance document, along with updated DAP Criteria and Workbook featuring newly created data points and instructions regarding DAP criteria for evaluators, DAP participants, potential candidates, and assessment companies.


The DAP portfolio which was updated recently outlines procedures for downstream firms to conduct assessments while procuring from RMAP-compliant suppliers and collaborate with them to enhance capacity and manage risks. To facilitate a smooth transition, the RMI has granted a transition period of 6 months, starting on April 1st, and concluding on October 1st of, 2024. Companies using the DAP can adapt to the new guidance and clarify requirements during this time.


The Responsible Minerals Initiative’s (RMI) commitment to fostering ethical practices in the global Initiative chain remains unwavering with the updated Downstream Assessment Program (DAP). The recent update to the DAP, in alignment with OECD guidelines, ensures responsible mineral sourcing practices. As we embark on this journey of continual improvement, join Sunstream for conflict mineral compliance services to embrace these updates and strive for excellence in responsible mineral sourcing. Together, we can drive meaningful change and build a more ethical and sustainable mineral supply chain for future generations.