A small but increasing number of companies are now choosing to pre-empt Dodd-Frank 1502 and future-proof their minerals supply chain against the impact of coming regulation.
This is one of the key findings in our new Industry Briefing Note looking into the progress of the Independent Private Sector Audit (IPSA) and the attitudes towards it from industry. The note also gives you the opportunity to to learn about the IPSA, its value to your business and how it is implemented.
The Emerging Cobalt Challenge: Competition, Concentration, and Compliance. Understanding the Cobalt Supply Chain and How to Respond.
The next few years will see worldwide consumption of cobalt rise significantly as nascent demand from the electric vehicle market comes on line. For both electric vehicle and tech manufacturers, cobalt forms an essential ingredient of the ubiquitous lithium-ion battery in cars, mobiles and computers. But there is a catch. While demand is rising, the worldwide supply and future reserves of cobalt are increasingly concentrated into one major market: the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This market produces 60% of the world’s cobalt supply, but suffers from crumbling infrastructure and signficant human rights challenges. These challenges are increasingly putting companies in the cobalt supply chain under scrutiny from campaigners, regulators and the media. It is within this context that companies must now secure their supply chains of cobalt-based, lithium- ion batteries. Simply put, the battery technology which is central to the imminent large-scale commercialisation of the electric vehicle industry and the revolution in consumer technology is dependent on Congolese supply to meet demand. This briefing paper, derived from RCS Global’s own recent research on Congolese cobalt supply chains, aims to: Provide insight on the risks associated with DRC production that represents approximately 60% of global cobalt output and half the world’s known reserves; Unpack the associated regulatory challenges linked to DRC cobalt; Provide a road map for companies seeking to mitigate their risk exposure.Download
State Gold-Buying Programmes: Effective Instruments to Reform the Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining Sector?
At a time where market conditions and the broad development agenda are encouraging governments to look at the sustainable integration of their Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining (ASGM) production into their markets, State Gold Buying Programs are an important policy instrument that has the potential to fulfil multiple objectives within the ASGM sector. Correctly applied SGBPs offer an opportunity to foster positive interactions between ASGM miners and the State, build mutual confidence, and support the formalisation of the sector. This issue paper analyses five country case studies where SGBPs operate or have operated...Download
Transparency and Commodities Trading: A Business Case for Disclosing Payments to Governments by Commodities Trading Companies
The commodities trading industry is under increasing pressure from advocates and policy makers (henceforth the 'transparency movement') to adopt more transparent business practices. A central objective is the disclosure of data on commodities trading companies' (henceforth 'traders') payments to governments. The rationale for making such data available is both simple and worthy: to enable the citizens of commodities-producing countries to hold companies and their governments accountable when determining whether their government secured a fair deal for the production and commercialisation of domestic natural resources.Download
Natural Resources and Conflict: A new security challenge for the European Union (June 2012)
Conflict over natural resources is likely to pose significant threats to European security, and the European Union therefore needs to elaborate a comprehensive strategy to meet and overcome these threats...Download
History of Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) since 1960. (August 2012)
This report presents a timeline of key events in the global artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector since 1960.Download