Kumi is a specialist sustainability consultancy.
We connect global raw material supply chains with responsible business practices in developing countries.
At Kumi we help companies to manage social and environmental risks, build resilience, improve their performance and strengthen stakeholder relationships.
We help policymakers to foster responsible business practices based on informed decisions.
Kumi provides due diligence and compliance services to support companies in building responsible and sustainable mineral supply chains.
Kumi helps companies that use or produce agricultural commodity products to manage social and environmental risks and build more resilient supply chains.
Kumi helps companies with operations or investments in emerging markets to realise additional business value through improved health, safety, environmental and community management.
CLEAR THINKING ON COMPLEX CHALLENGES
At Kumi we believe responsible business practices make good business sense.
We recognise the complexity of the social, environmental and, just as importantly, commercial challenges facing businesses with global supply chains or operations within the emerging markets.
We combine the flexibility and focus of a boutique consulting firm with the structure, rigour and commitment to quality you expect from a top global consulting firm.
INSIGHTS WITH IMPACT
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Kumi has been appointed by the OECD to develop an Alignment Assessment toolkit for the garment sector. Based on our experience of applying the OECD Alignment Assessment approach to support companies in the minerals sector, we believe companies in the garment sector will find this a hugely insightful means of evaluating and improving their due diligence activities and building confidence in their responsible sourcing approach.
The OECD and FAO are launching a pilot project on the implementation of the OECD-FAO Guidance on Responsible Agricultural Supply Chains, which Kumi has been commissioned to coordinate. Companies at all levels of the agricultural value chain are invited to participate in this important initiative.
Kumi analysis of the conflict minerals policies of over 300 companies has found that only 5% were aligned to the recommendations for company policy content set out in the OECD Guidance. We discuss how the detailed insights emerging from the OECD Alignment Assessment project can help companies to strengthen their due diligence and responsible sourcing practices.
Battery Supply Chain Series - Part 1
With 2017 being increasingly seen as a watershed year for electric vehicles, the pressure is on to develop responsible supply chains for battery materials. Cobalt, in particular, is under heavy scrutiny. Companies need to establish effective risk management controls to avoid being caught out by some underestimated and poorly understood risk factors. But there are also significant benefits to be realised from responsible cobalt sourcing practices.
Kumi's Battery Supply Chain Series will offer some perspectives on the significant social and environmental issues associated with the minerals used to manufacture lithium-ion batteries. We will discuss how companies may manage the significant social and environmental risks that could impact their business. We will also highlight how responsible sourcing practices in this supply chain may also create commercial opportunities.
Andrew Britton from Kumi will be presenting on the OECD Alignment Assessment project at this year's CFSI Annual Conference on 18-19 October 2017. If you are attending and would like an introductory meeting please contact us.
The work of Kumi's Andrew Britton has been recognised in the annual Top 100 Conflict Minerals Influence Leader rankings compiled by Assent Compliance. Andrew made his debut entry at no. 28 in this year's list.
The support Kumi has been providing to the OECD in delivering the Alignment Assessment project has given us unique insights into the current state of due diligence practices across global supply chains for conflict minerals. We are now using these insights to inform and strengthen the services we provide to our clients.
Andrew Britton from Kumi will be presenting the OECD Alignment Assessment project at this year's OECD Forum, held in Paris on 2-4 May 2017. If you are attending and would like an introductory meeting please contact us.
Kumi's response to the Sky News feature on child labour and community health issues associated with cobalt production in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
New guidance that aims to inform corporate reporting and supply chain engagement on palm oil has recently been published by a coalition of high profile organisations. However, there is a critical, fundamental gap: no measures relating to supply chain due diligence.
The forthcoming Responsible Mining Index will rank the economic, environmental, social and governance performance of 30 of the world’s largest mining companies. An industry consultation workshop on the development of the Index is being held in London on the 30 November 2016.
The draft methodology for assessing the alignment of industry programmes with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Mineral Supply Chains has now been published. This post provides an overview of the structure and design of what is likely to become an important resource for industry programmes working to address the issue of conflict minerals.
Andrew Britton from Kumi Consulting will be speaking at the annual conference of the Conflict Free Smelter Initiative, held in Santa Clara, California on 10 November 2016.
Kumi has been commissioned by the OECD to undertake the first ever evaluation of industry programmes that implement the OECD’s Due Diligence Guidance on responsible mineral supply chains.
A new global standard has been published by the OECD that can legitimately claim to represent consensus on how companies should assess and respond to the risks of social and environmental impacts in agricultural supply chains. Investors, producers and consumers of agricultural commodities should take note.
In September, Andrew Britton from Kumi presented to the inaugural Africa-Dubai Precious Metals Forum held in Accra, Ghana, on the contributions that the gold mining industry can make to international development. He reflects on his discussions with gold producers, traders and refiners on some of the challenges facing the industry.
Sustainability certification schemes for commodities such as tea, cotton or palm oil can add value as a recognised means of managing social and environmental risks in companies' supply chains. But is this enough? As a recent BBC investigation has highlighted, companies need to ensure they also understand the limitations to such schemes.
The social and economic development outcomes that can result from mining are starting to be better understood. However, mining companies need to improve how they report on the development impacts of their activities in order to create more constructive dialogues with governments and civil society.