Natural mineral resources provide excellent commercial opportunities for investors and hold great potential for supporting development in some of the world’s poorest countries.
However, the production and trade in metals and minerals can be associated with conflict, human rights abuses, hazardous working conditions, environmental degradation and other adverse impacts. Influential stakeholders, including downstream purchasers, banks, regulators and civil society organisations, need confidence that minerals and metals are produced responsibly.
Kumi has an established reputation as a leading advisor on responsible supply chains for minerals and metals.
Our services support clients at all stages of the mining and metals supply chain by delivering performance improvement, commercial opportunities and positive socio-economic impacts.
Responsible sourcing or production strategy.
Strategic partnership and collaboration initiatives.
Development of policies and standards.
Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) performance improvement.
Health, Safety, Environment and Community (HSEC) management systems.
Due diligence assessments of suppliers or investees.
OECD Alignment Assessment of companies and industry programmes.
Performance benchmarking of mining operations (e.g. IFC Performance Standards, Equator Principles).
Kumi was commissioned by a major copper and cobalt producer to evaluate the company’s readiness to comply with the forthcoming LME Responsible Sourcing requirements.
Kumi has been retained by one of the world’s largest commodity traders to develop and implement a responsible sourcing programme for the company’s minerals supply chains.
Kumi was commissioned by the Private Enterprise Programme Zambia (PEPZ) to develop the strategy for a co-ordinated programme to increase local procurement
Kumi was commissioned by the OECD to evaluate the five largest mineral supply chain programmes that have been established
Kumi has been commissioned by a major European car manufacturer to support the business in developing a responsible sourcing strategy
Current responsible sourcing practices in battery material supply chains fall well short of the standards set out in frameworks
Kumi has a key role supporting Trafigura and its supplier, Chemaf, in the development of a formalised responsible artisanal mining site of unprecedented scale within the Mutoshi concession in Kolwezi, DRC
These days you are as likely to see a procurement or corporate responsibility executive from an electric vehicle or phone manufacturer
The Alignment Assessment project that Kumi is delivering for the OECD is bringing unprecedented insights into the current status of minerals supply chain
During the past year Kumi has been working closely with the OECD to deliver the highly strategic Alignment Assessment project.
In September, Andrew Britton from Kumi presented to the inaugural Africa-Dubai Precious Metals Forum held in Accra, Ghana
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.
The social and economic development outcomes that can result from mining are starting to be better understood.