ADDRESSING THE
COBALT CHALLENGE

Monitor | Verify | Map | Engage

ADDRESSING THE
COBALT CHALLENGE

Monitor | Verify | Map | Engage

RCS Global has developed a world leading suite of options for companies responding to the ethical cobalt challenge. Our approach is flexible and enables a company to choose their level of engagement based on their position in the market.

Our Ethical Battery Monitor also delivers exclusive access to our Battery Risk Index and allows users to keep up to date with regulatory issues, media and INGO reports, and industry and policy gossip related to ethical sourcing in battery metals, including a specific focus on cobalt.

RCS MONITOR
RCS VERIFY
RCS MAP
RCS ENGAGE
Up to date industry, media, NGO, and policy insight on ethical cobalt and battery metal issues
Immediate, cost-effective, ethical sourcing audit and assessment of DRC cobalt mine sites
Full mapping and risk assessment of cobalt supply chain in line with OECD and Amnesty International recommendations
On-going due diligence, traceability and monitoring of cobalt production in the DRC
$5,000 annual subscription
Exclusive monthly ethical battery bulletins
Upcoming industry news/issues flagged in advance
Access to RCS Global’s world leading Battery Index, updated quarterly
Access to urgent consultation facility
From $20,000 per audit
Immediate oversight of DRC mine sites
Assessments against global good practice
Corrective action plan delivered to client
Full audit report owned by client for publication
Tailored costing per project
Full mapping of cobalt supply chain from brand to smelter, to mine
Full risk profile of entire supply chain
Corrective action plan and log-term due diligence plan delivered to client
Supply chain audit report owned by client for publication
Multiple packages available
Support the ground-breaking BetterCobalt project in the DRC
Engage in blockchain-backed traceability solutions
Monitor cobalt consignments from mine to export through online Chain of Custody system
Understand and monitor key human development metrics at mine site
Ethical cobalt validation at mine site

If you are just beginning to scope your exposure to cobalt and other battery metals then subscribing to the RCS Ethical Battery Monitor is the perfect first step.

You will receive monthly bulletins plus ad-hoc updates and notifications.

You will also get exclusive access to the RCS Global Battery Index which offers a quarterly risk scoring across the five key battery metals: Cobalt, Graphite, Lithium, Manganese, and Nickel.

Through your Ethical Battery Monitor subscription, you will also qualify for urgent consultancy facility which enables users to engage RCS Global on a short-term project basis for immediate ethical sourcing issues.

Through the RCS Global OECD+ Audit, we have developed an industry leading tool to allow downstream companies to rapidly assess a cobalt mine site (LSM or ASM) in the DRC against the OECD Due Diligence Guidance plus a range of supplementary criteria covering all relevant ethical sourcing issues ranging from child labour to environmental damage.

OECD+ Audits on single or multiple sites can be commissioned and delivered quickly to allow companies to assess potential high-risk sites, identify ethical sourcing issues, and implement corrective action or site disengagement.

The OECD+ Audit is a quick and cost effective way to begin actively working on and proving ethical sourcing in cobalt.

In addition to upstream audits on specific cobalt mines, RCS Global also works in partnership with our clients to fully map cobalt supply chains from the downstream to the upstream giving them full oversight of their suppliers and potential risks present.

This process can be done in a phased approach (1. Brand the Refiner; 2. Refiner to Mine) or it can be done in combination.

In collaboration with our partner company, Better Sourcing Program, we are launching a pilot project in DRC cobalt to prove cobalt from the DRC, including artisanally mined cobalt, can be validated as responsibly produced at source and digitally traced through the supply chain to the end user.

This pilot represents a landmark moment for DRC cobalt in response to growing calls for greater transparency and ethical practice. The BSP model has been proven in 3TG and offers a unique opportunity to deliver a rapid, practical solution to improving the oversight (and ultimately the conditions) of DRC cobalt production at LSM and ASM level.

Better Cobalt will allow companies to massively improve their due diligence and risk monitoring while also supporting systemic improvements in cobalt mining in the DRC.

RCS MONITOR
Up to date industry, media, NGO, and policy insight on ethical cobalt and battery metal issues
$5,000 annual subscription
Exclusive monthly ethical battery bulletins
Upcoming industry news/issues flagged in advance
Access to RCS Global’s world leading Battery Index, updated quarterly
Access to urgent consultation facility

If you are just beginning to scope your exposure to cobalt and other battery metals then subscribing to the RCS Ethical Battery Monitor is the perfect first step. You will receive monthly bulletins plus ad-hoc updates and notifications. You will also get exclusive access to the RCS Global Battery Index which offers a quarterly risk scoring across the five key battery metals: Cobalt, Graphite, Lithium, Manganese, and Nickel.

Through your Ethical Battery Monitor subscription, you will also qualify for urgent consultancy facility which enables users to engage RCS Global on a short-term project basis for immediate ethical sourcing issues.

RCS VERIFY
Immediate, cost-effective, ethical sourcing audit and assessment of DRC cobalt mine sites
From $20,000 per audit
Immediate oversight of DRC mine sites
Assessments against global good practice
Corrective action plan delivered to client
Full audit report owned by client for publication

Through the RCS Global OECD+ Audit, we have developed an industry leading tool to allow downstream companies to rapidly assess a cobalt mine site (LSM or ASM) in the DRC against the OECD Due Diligence Guidance plus a range of supplementary criteria covering all relevant ethical sourcing issues ranging from child labour to environmental damage.

OECD+ Audits on single or multiple sites can be commissioned and delivered quickly to allow companies to assess potential high-risk sites, identify ethical sourcing issues, and implement corrective action or site disengagement.

The OECD+ Audit is a quick and cost effective way to begin actively working on and proving ethical sourcing in cobalt.

RCS MAP
Full mapping and risk assessment of cobalt supply chain in line with OECD and Amnesty International recommendations
Tailored costing per project
Full mapping of cobalt supply chain from brand to smelter, to mine
Full risk profile of entire supply chain
Corrective action plan and log-term due diligence plan delivered to client
Supply chain audit report owned by client for publication

In addition to upstream audits on specific cobalt mines, RCS Global also works in partnership with our clients to fully map cobalt supply chains from the downstream to the upstream giving them full oversight of their suppliers and potential risks present.

This process can be done in a phased approach (1. Brand the Refiner; 2. Refiner to Mine) or it can be done in combination.

RCS ENGAGE
On-going due diligence, traceability and monitoring of cobalt production in the DRC s
Multiple packages available
Support the ground-breaking BetterCobalt project in the DRC
Validate ethical cobalt from mine site
Monitor cobalt consignments from mine to export through online Chain of Custody system
Understand and monitor key human development metrics at mine site
Engage in blockchain backed solutions

In partnership with our suster company, Better Sourcing Program, we are launching a pilot project in DRC cobalt to prove cobalt from the DRC, including artisanally mined cobalt, can be validated as responsibly produced at source and digitally traced through the supply chain to the end user.

This pilot represents a landmark moment for DRC cobalt in response to growing calls for greater transparency and ethical practice. The BSP model has been proven in 3TG and offers a unique opportunity to deliver a rapid, practical solution to improving the oversight (and ultimately the conditions) of DRC cobalt production at LSM and ASM level.

Better Cobalt will allow companies to massively improve their due diligence and risk monitoring while also supporting systemic improvements in cobalt mining in the DRC.

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