In partnership with Amnesty International, WikiRate developed the Investigating Mineral Sourcing Practices pilot research project. The aim was to facilitate a tool to systematically assess the statements that companies produce under Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act - a legal requirement for companies to report on their due diligence to ensure that their sourcing of certain minerals does not fund armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Through a series of live research events in Germany and the United Kingdom, volunteers from Cambridge University and Amnesty’s network assessed information on 116 companies.
The pilot demonstrated that the contentious language used by corporations to report on their mineral sourcing practices was a barrier for volunteer researchers. We are therefore, reviewing the research metrics and methodologies, and exploring the possibility of engaging a more specialized group of researchers. If you want to take part in the Conflict Minerals Research do get in touch.
Through the scraping of websites and public data from tables in PDF reports, WikiRate and its partners have mapped thousands of relationships between Tungsten, Tin, Tantalum and Gold smelters and the companies that source from them. The data was gathered from the information on 4,872 companies's Conflict Mineral Reports avilable on WikiRate covering the years 2013-2017.
In the summer of 2018, WikiRate supported a researcher with her project, and welcomed volunteers interested in exploring the disclosure practices of companies in the luxury jewelry industry. The Sustainable Practices in the Luxury Jewelry Industry organized a set of questions regarding major companies practices around gold and diamonds sourcing and manufacturing.