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.
Current responsible sourcing practices in battery material supply chains fall well short of the standards set out in frameworks such as the OECD’s due diligence guidance, potentially exposing car manufacturers, technology companies and battery manufacturers to significant commercial risks. This article sets out where existing efforts are falling short and recommends practical steps that companies may take to strengthen supply chain due diligence.
Kumi has a key role supporting Trafigura and its partners, Chemaf and Pact, in the development of a formalised artisanal cobalt mine site of unprecedented scale in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This project is proving that artisanal cobalt mining in the DRC can be done responsibly, and at scale.
Companies operating in the agricultural sector have made significant steps towards the adoption of responsible business principles. However, gaps remain with regards to how such principles are being implemented in practice. These are the overarching conclusions of a baseline survey undertaken by Kumi for the OECD-FAO Pilot Project on Responsible Agricultural Supply Chains.
The pilot project to road-test the practical application of the OECD-FAO Guidance for Responsible Agricultural Supply Chains has begun. Kumi has been commissioned by the OECD and FAO to deliver this work. This article discusses the activities of the first stage of the pilot.
The current responsible sourcing focus in battery supply chains is cobalt. It’s not going to stay that way for long. Like cobalt, the rush is on to secure strategic sourcing positions in both the lithium and nickel supply chains and, just as with cobalt, companies must conduct robust supply chain due diligence and mitigate identified risks.