Introduction [page 11]

““Companies should also critically assess the activities of their contractual partners – for instance, in supply chains – and to react to the shortcomings detected.””

1 The state obligation to protect human rights

1.3 Activities in the EU [page 17]


“The Commission proposal has taken into consideration both the OECD Guidance for mineral purchasing in conflict zones as well as the OECD and UN guidelines more generally related to responsible supply chain management. The proposal is currently being discussed on the national level. Finland actively participates in the discussion of the proposal in the Council working group. …

As a follow-up measure, the working group proposes that

  • Finland actively participate in the discussion of the proposal for a regulation on conflict minerals and in the discussion for the development of practices for responsible supply chains in the raw material sectors.
    Principal responsible party: Ministry for Foreign Affairs, continuous activities.”

3 Expectations towards companies and support services

3.1 Clarification of due diligence [page 25]

“In the Guidelines, business relationships cover relations with business partners, supply chain operators and other operators independent of the state and governmental operators that are directly related to the company’s business activities, products or services. If the company has a lot of suppliers, it should identify the areas where the risk of adverse impacts is highest and contribute to the prevention of these risks.”