A history of driving innovation and improving standards


Launch | Proof of concept | Expansion
The Better Sourcing Program is founded to support global responsible sourcing efforts aligned with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance Five-Step Framework
Sep 2013
Nov 2013
The Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI) endorses the Better Sourcing Program as a comprehensive and transparent approach to responsible and conflict-free sourcing of minerals from artisanal and small-scale mining operations
BSP launches the Better Sourcing Standard. The Standard establishes 16 Status and Progress Criteria conditioning supply chain validation
Jan 2014
Oct 2014
BSP is selected as implementation partner for USAIDs Capacity Building in Responsible Minerals Trade (CBRMT) project in the DRC
BSP signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with GeoTraceability and the Government of the DRC
Dec 2014
Jun 2015
First test of the traceability system in Numbi, DRC.
BSP sets up its Advisory Committee, including brands such as AVX, the CFSI, Fairphone and Intel, and independent experts such as Lawrence Heim and Mike Loch
Sep 2015
Oct 2015
BSP joins the Tantalum-Niobium International Study Centre (TIC), the trade association for the global tantalum and niobium industries
The Rwandan Ministry of Natural Resources expressed interest in engaging with BSP as an alternative system to provide traceability services, with the added value of its due diligence assurance approach
Mar 2016
Mar 2016
First test of the Information Management System (IMS) in Numbi, DRC
Business for Social Responsibility assessed BSP attesting 100% conformance with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance
May 2016
Jul 2016
Launch of BSP’s first tantalum supply chain in Rwanda
First shipment of Better Sourcing materials is certified through the ICGLR Regional Certification Mechanism (RCM)
Aug 2016
Sep 2016
The receiving smelter of BSP’s first tantalum shipment, US-based Global Advanced Metals (GAM), is successfully audited by the Conflict-Free Smelter Program
First tin supply chain in DRC: BSP deploys systems to launch a transparent, traceable and fully compliant supply chain originating from the province of Maniema
Nov 2016
Jan 2017
Launch of BSP’s first tungsten supply chain in Rwanda
First tungsten export: a fully traceable and compliant tungsten shipment is packed and sent to the tungsten buyer
Feb 2017

Our approach in practice

Find out about our commercial and economic development work in Rwanda and the DRC

A model that is proven. BSP's program structure has been independently reviewed and validated as fully compliant with the requirements of the OECD guidance. From this foundation we are expanding rapidly across the global ASM sector. Click below to read about some of our work in the DRC and Rwanda.