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In the light of an economically and ecologically necessary as well as politically and publicly pursued energy transition, new technologies for energy production and carbon dioxide containment are becoming established. Conflict-free commodities are indispensable for the technical implementation of the energy transition.

At the same time, commodities extraction is often associated with unstable and conflict-ridden countries of origin, which is why regulatory measures are increasingly restricting the import of these commodities. However, the implementation of the regulations has a challenging effect on the local population, which is dependent on ASM (Artisanal Small-Scale Mining). The implementation affects investments and hinders the sustainable extraction of critical commodities and their access to the market. This leads to the migration of the ASM sector into uncontrolled overexploitation.

IotaOrigin UG addresses the mentioned economic and socially relevant issues. These include the extraction of commodities in a way that is in accordance with human rights and environmentally compatible, in compliance with the OECD Due Diligence Guidelines and the international regulations based on them. The aim is to ensure that the energy transition is ethically responsible and, at the same time, to fulfil the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) of the UN by supporting the local population.


What is the particularity of our offer?

IotaOrigin is a platform for international trade in conflict-free commodities and goods. Furthermore, IotaOrigin enables the traceability of conflict-free commodities using distributed ledger technology within an application. This allows all parties in the supply chain to comply with the “OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas” without disclosing trade secrets within the supply chains.


What can you benefit from?

  • Digital and free traceability of conflict-free commodities and goods without royalties with the possibility of monetising and optimising data in your supply chains.
  • Trace conflict-free commodities while maintaining trade secrets, resulting in the establishment of free markets and better prices compared to closed-pipe models.
  • Full compliance with international regulations.
  • Enabling responsible and sustainable sourcing of conflict-free commodities and their marketing.


A journey to go.

Sustainable and responsible sourcing is a step towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. IotaOrigin UG would like to contribute to these goals with its products and take a step towards higher awareness in the procurement of commodities while supporting the local population.


The number of people employed in artisanal small-scale mining (ASM) has tripled since 1993 to about 45 million. In addition, there are between 60 and 150 million people who depend indirectly on the income of the ASM sector. For example, in the gold sector, about 90% of the employed people are in the ASM sector and contribute 20% of the annual global gold production. The informal ASM sector could contribute to the fulfilment of the SDGs through further formalisation.

Formalizing the currently informal ASM sector can also contribute to the achievement of the following goals: decent work and sustainable economic growth, health and well-being, partnerships to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, protecting life under water and life on land, and gender equality.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) consist of 17 goals for the development of a sustainable future. The SDGs were established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 and are to be achieved by 2030. According to UNDP, the ASM sector can contribute significantly to achieving the goals. This includes contributing to poverty reduction, education, sustainable cities and communities, renewable energy, innovation and infrastructure.

Critical commodities are defined as those commodities that are indispensable for sustainable progress and the development of future technologies. They are economically and strategically important, but their procurement is not reliable and unhindered. The EU publishes a report every three years which currently lists 30 critical commodities that are partly or mainly extracted by the ASM sector.

According to the OECD, conflict commodities can lead to the outbreak of conflicts, promote or prolong them. As a result, the rule of law of sovereign states is undermined, peace is jeopardised and violations of human rights are committed. Especially in high-risk areas with weak state institutions, conflict commodities can threaten the existing fragile stability. Therefore, the OECD has published due diligence guidelines to be complied with when sourcing the commodities tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold (also known as 3TG) from high-risk areas. Based on the OECD Guidelines adopted by the international community, the EU Conflict Minerals Act and the American Dodd-Frank Act (Sec. 1502) were passed, for example.

With our platform "Hideless", we want to bring digital innovations to the mining industry, which has been very undigitized so far. DLT provides us with the perfect environment to implement sufficient security, integrity and transparency. IotaOrigin is working to standardize and digitize trading, financing, insurance, and international contracts in the mining sector. DLT and IOTA in particular offer us the best tools to accomplish our tasks.

At IotaOrigin, we use end-to-end encryption to ensure the protection of users' documents while enabling the exchange of information between stakeholders in supply chains. Through the IOTA network, we can guarantee the security and integrity of the data and documents exchanged within the network. IotaOrigin does not have access to the data exchanged between the participants at any time. this allows you to comply with international regulations without disclosing trade secrets.

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Currencies based on cryptographic technologies are a major innovation in international payments. It lowers fees in international trade and reduces transaction times. IotaOrigin is also working on solutions that can lead to simplification and transparency in the international trade of commodities and supports the goals of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).

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