Addressing child labour in artisanal and small-scale mining: blogpost by Levin Sources

12 June marks the World Day Against Child Labour, which aims to raise awareness and activism to prevent child labour. On this occasion, Fabiana Di Lorenzo and Blanca Racionero Gomez from a social venture Levin Sources discuss the problem of child labour in the artisanal mining sector. They call for collective and systemic efforts to end child labour in a sustainable way.

Blockchain technology to improve the transparency of the cobalt supply chain

The Cobalt Institute's members CMOC, Eurasian Resources Group (ERG), Glencore and Umicore joined forces to trace the cobalt they produce and use using the blockchain technology.

Cobalt Conference speakers commit to responsible and sustainable mining on land and sea

The Cobalt Conference has become a platform for the high-level state officials and industry executives from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to demonstrate the country’s efforts to formalise the artisanal and small-scale mining. Similar sentiments were shared by the Cook Islands Prime Minister on its efforts to develop deep sea mining.

Cobalt Institute publishes State of the Cobalt Market Report 2020

The Cobalt Institute commissioned Roskill – a leader in critical materials supply chain intelligence – to prepare a “State of the Cobalt Market 2020 Report”. The report looks at the global trends in cobalt consumption, supply and production in 2020. It is the most comprehensive publicly available market overview to date.

CMOC joins initiative to help small-scale cobalt miners

Cobalt Institute’s member China Moly (CMOC) and its Swiss-based trading arm, IXM, have joined the ‘Better Mining’ initiative that seeks to help artisanal and small-scale miners (ASM) become a responsibly-managed, viable source of battery metals.

Umicore’s sustainable cobalt procurement externally validated for the 6th year in a row

Umicore obtained, for the sixth year in a row, third-party assurance from PwC that its cobalt purchases are carried out in line with the conditions set out in its Sustainable Procurement Framework for Cobalt. The various sustainability aspects of the battery supply chain include the conditions under which raw materials are extracted and processed.

New Data Obtained on the Toxicity of Cobalt to the Marine Environment

The Cobalt Institute supported a programme of scientific studies on “Chronic Toxicity of Cobalt to Marine Organisms”, published in the Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Journal.

Cobalt Institute appoints Marina Demidova as Communications Manager

The Cobalt Institute has appointed Marina Demidova as its communications manager.

Cobalt Institute appoints Caroline Braibant as Head of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs

The Cobalt Institute has appointed Caroline Braibant as its Head of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs.

Freeport Cobalt is first cobalt chemical producer to achieve Responsible Minerals Initiative’s "Conformant Downstream Facility" status

Freeport Cobalt recently became the first cobalt chemical producer in the world to achieve Conformant Downstream Facility status through the Responsible Minerals Initiative’s Downstream Assessment Program