A broader perspective is needed on the debate about palm oil, certification and deforestation.
Concerns about weaknesses in social auditing are not new but calls for changes in how supply chain auditing is undertaken within the garment sector are growing ever louder. There is a need to elevate the strategic importance of supply chain issues as a business risk and take action accordingly, and not fall into the trap of box-ticking compliance.
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.