Mike is Founder and President of Responsible Trade LLC and has over 30 years of industry experience. As a global business leader with demonstrable expertise in supply chain sustainability and responsible sourcing, he has developed and launched comprehensive strategies and world-class programs with a strong record of accomplishments across numerous international organizations and cultures. Mike clients include organizations from around the globe that include governments, civil society and all levels of the supply chain from mine sites in the DRC to smelters and refiners and major brand companies. Given his significant supply chain and procurement background, he engaged with U.S. and EU Government officials in the development of their respective conflict minerals regulations and was the electronics industry representative on the OECD Responsible Minerals Forum. Mike has provided services to the ICGLR and NGO’s in Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas regarding OECD Due Diligence implementation and most recently led the team that revised the ICGLR’s Regional Certification Mechanism Manual. He helped develop and lead many of the programs that support responsible sourcing such as the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI), Public Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade (PPA). He was recognized as the #1 Conflict Minerals Influence Leader for 2016 by Assent Compliance.
The focus of my interventions will be the difficulties in mining in the DRC. This will cover the challenges experienced by both large scale and artisanal mining operations. The difficulty in developing the downstream and/or refiner business case to engage in the legal artisanal gold trade. Along with the difficulties in implementing due diligence so that it can meet stakeholder expectations.