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.
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.
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.