"The responsible mica initiative" is a unique, cross-sector association, ensuring close collaboration between private, public and non-profit sectors, to achieve a 100% responsible mica supply chain over the next 5 years.
The Responsible Mica Initiative regroups stakeholders that acknowledge the need for more collaborative actions and concrete cross-industry actions in order to scale up these individual initiatives for a long-term impact. The success of this initiative lies in a defined roadmap with 3 key pillars:
Implement fair and sustainable mica collection, processing and sourcing practices and improve traceability along the Indian mica supply chain : this includes carrying out projects such as co-building and implementing "Responsible Mica specifications" on the whole value chain, deploying control systems and running pilot tests on the field with collectors and manufacturers.
Empower local communities to ensure long lasting change by deploying empowerment programs to additional villages in India, defining a scaling-up plan and process, and carrying out impact assessments – among other projects.
Work together with the Indian government and local authoritiesto build a legal framework and livable environment for Indian mica communities.
The "Responsible Mica initiative" is a positive outcome related to the Delhi Mica Sourcing Summit organized in February 2016 by The Natural Resources Stewardship Circle (NRSC) and its partners, reassured by Terre des Hommes’ research results regarding the severity of child labour in the Indian Mica Industry. This initiative is set to be carried out over the course of 5 years, and will be funded through both public and private funds.
Our ambition : scaling up on-field solutions to reach a 100% sustainable Indian Mica Supply Chain in the 5 next years