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Purpose-driven
Values-led


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We develop practical solutions for challenging problems and leverage the power of business as a force for good.

Our focus is on helping companies operating within or sourcing from global supply chains to implement responsible business practices. This is about actions, not box-ticking. Clear-sighted analysis of risks. Management controls that work in the real world and deliver results. Transparency that builds trust and inspires confidence.

Our technical excellence and approach to quality is second to none. It’s why Kumi has been commissioned to shape government policies and industry frameworks for supply chain due diligence and responsible sourcing. It’s why leading global companies retain us as their trusted advisors.

Our partners

We partner with carefully selected and trusted providers
to extend the scope of services we can offer our clients.

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A proven technology platform using blockchain to provide traceability in complex supply chains.

A highly flexible and dynamic solution for the management of supply chain data.

Gratiya

A Middle East-based business consultancy, with specialist services in labour rights and worker welfare monitoring.

Life at Kumi

We aim to create a workplace where everyone is truly valued and supported to reach their full potential.

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The founder’s vision

For much of the 1980s my family lived in Kumi District, in eastern Uganda. The formative years of my childhood were therefore spent immersed in rural Ugandan life where, through a child’s eyes, I experienced first-hand the wonderful generosity of the local community and the trials and tribulations of day-to-day life. The experience also gave me a real passion for the natural environment and for community development.

It also sowed the seeds for a conviction in the power of business to help tackle poverty and drive sustainable socio-economic development in the world’s poorest countries. This conviction has guided my career as a sustainability professional and ultimately is why I founded Kumi.

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Community

We support others working to make things right. Kumi is proud to support the Congo Children Trust, a charity working with children living on the streets in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Insights

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Kumi/Origin partnership

Kumi and software specialist Grouptree partner to create Origin Core, a new approach to responsible supply chain due diligence

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 20 May 2024: Kumi, a specialist in responsible business in global supply chains, has partnered with software specialist Grouptree, to create a new solution that combines Kumi’s on-the-ground experience in global supp…

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From code to conduct: practical insights on using technology to build responsible supply chains

Our expert panel, featured James Lewry (Kumi), Timothy Perkin (Kumi) and Bethan Miles (Origin), who dove into the pivotal role that technology plays…

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Kumi appointed to Battery Regulation

Kumi appointed to develop the Due Diligence Guidelines for the EU Battery Regulation

Kumi has been appointed by the European Commission to help implement the due diligence provisions of the EU Battery Regulation. There are two key elements of this project: What is the EU Battery Regulation and what does it cover? The EU Bat…

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Social compliance audits as a risk assessment tool

Social compliance audits as a risk assessment tool

As reported in the Guardian, Human Rights Watch and multiple other reports in the past decade, the widespread use of social audits alone in the Fashion sector cannot address potential and actual adverse impacts, remediate abuses, or mitigat…

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Kumi Newsletter April 2024

This is the first of our new monthly newsletters from Kumi, in which we will share our insights on the latest responsible business developments in sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing, energy, fashion and textiles, investing, mining a…

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Kumi podcasts

Practical ESG presents: An Update on Human Rights Due Diligence Auditing and Technology

Andrew Britton, Kumi’s CEO, was invited by PracticalESG to give a podcast discussing developments in Human Rights Due Diligence (HRDD). The focus on human rights issues and expectations for supply chain due diligence have changed signific…

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Five essential considerations for downstream companies to achieve cost-effective and value-adding site assessments

Five Steps to Improve Your Mine Site Assessments

Carrying out site assessments to identify supply chain risks is a significant investment of both time and resources. To ensure that ‘boots on the ground’ assessments are not only cost-effective but valuable*, it is crucial to approach t…

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Mining and heritage: a zero-sum game?

Since 2003, industry best practice for mining companies looking to operate in heritage areas has been to adopt a precautionary ‘no-go commitment’. However, calls for a blanket moratorium do not reflect the reality of the sector; growing…

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Banning mercury use in ASGM – Is it that simple?

As gold-sourcing companies set stipulations banning the use of mercury from their Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining (ASGM) supply chains, we ask: is that realistic? In this Insight, with a focus on Latin American supply chains, we explo…

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