ASM Cobalt

RBA’s CEO Rob Lederer and Her Excellency Antoinette N’Samba Kalambayi, Minister of Mines from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, discussed priorities for the minerals sector in March 2022.


The RMI’s ASM Cobalt Activities

Overview

The RMI is committed to a vision of a responsible cobalt supply chain that includes artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) operations that are safe and productive, aligned with international norms, and result in benefits to the economic and social well-being of ASM miners and mining communities. The RMI seeks to address the risks and opportunities related to ASM cobalt sourcing and strives to work collaboratively with our members and industry stakeholders to identify and undertake steps that can enable this vision to be realized.

The RMI’s next steps on ASM cobalt sourcing criteria are designed on the principles of building on extensive consultations to date in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and internationally; supporting alignment with the Certified Trading Chain (CTC) requirements, which are the ASM requirements recognized by the DRC Ministry of Mines; working with our members, industry leaders and stakeholders in the DRC, as well as other industry stakeholders; and developing a meaningful set of criteria while also recognizing the urgency to move toward testing and implementing criteria in support of progress and improved outcomes.

Timeline

From 2020-2021, the RMI served as the Project Management Office (PMO) for the Global Battery Alliance’s Cobalt Action Partnership (GBA CAP) from 2020-2021. A new phase began in late February 2022, when GBA and the RMI signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) (see news release). This MOU outlines the RMI’s role in developing clear sourcing expectations for ASM cobalt to promote improved conditions at mining sites and acceptance into global supply chains.

Since the MOU, the RMI has been working through feedback from the 2021 stakeholder consultation to advance the ASM cobalt sourcing criteria, establishing a working relationship with the DRC Ministry of Mines, and outlining a pathway to publishing these criteria in the interest of moving to an implementation phase.

In the next few months, the RMI plans to publicly share a penultimate version of the ASM cobalt sourcing criteria, hold a restitution workshop in the DRC, continue engagement with the DRC Ministry of Mines and other government actors and stakeholders, and issue Version 1 of the criteria.

Our members and stakeholders can find updates and information on our activities and progress on this website.

To learn more about Minerals Due Diligence, see RMI’s Cobalt Due Diligence page.


Contact the RMI ASM Cobalt Team