The CI adds value by identifying and tackling important issues on behalf of the cobalt industry:
- Safe use – The CI are leaders in the science of cobalt, particularly in Human Health Science and Environmental Science
- Regulatory and Policy Developments – The CI represents Members in front of regulators and policy makers
- Sustainability – Together with our Members, the CI develops crucial Life Cycle Assesment/Socio Economic Assesment (LCA/SEA) data that makes cobalt a raw material of choice for downstream users
- Responsible Sourcing – the CI is developing an ‘assurance’ framework for Members to meet current challenges
- Communications – the CI is the voice of the industry and is a focal point for key messaging
- Threats – the CI is focused on protecting ‘market access’ for cobalt
- Cost effective approach – By sharing resources, the cost is reduced for Members
The CI is a highly proactive organisation that demonstrates value for money with its work:
- Regulatory –The CI are experts in regulatory implementation. To date, the Cobalt REACH Consortium have spent ~€30million and cost shared over many Members and Letters of Access. The association has also been preparing for the emergence of Asian chemical regulation
- Science – The accumulated CI project work value is >£4m – shared collectively. We are THE experts on cobalt Health, Safety and Environment (HS&E)
- Advocacy – The CI have an In-house advocacy department to minimise individual company costs and involvement. We communicate and engage on a global level to protect market access
- Sustainability – The shared cost of the first cobalt industry LCA means minimal financial impact per member for maximum return on such essential information. SEA work in preparation
- Responsible Sourcing – This is an important issue and the CI are managing the Members’ interests. We are currently developing a Cobalt Industry Risk Assessment Framework (CIRAF) for the CI Members
- Strength through collaboration – We leverage synergies with other associations and organisations to ensure a harmonised approach in front of authorities and the general public
- Membership – The CI represents >70% of the cobalt market meaning our voice gets heard by regulators and policy makers.
The CI strategy is simple and based on:
- Monitoring Emerging Issues
- Identifying key concerns affecting industry
- Addressing the important issues
- Focusing on results
- Aiming to be the focal point for cobalt
The CI is an issue driven and results orientated organisation
Membership of the CI provides for:
- Seat on Board
- Representation on the Management Committee (& Stats Committee and other Task Groups when required)
- Representation on HS&E Committee
- Access to HS&E data and technical resources
- Involvement in CI Cobalt Advocacy
- Access to LCA/SEA data (+ opportunity to provide data input)
- Involvement in developing industry strategies and positions
Types of membership
There are three categories of Membership:
The minimum Full Membership subscription is currently £16,000 per annum, but in the case of significant production the usual minimum fee is superseded by a calculated fee based on tonnage and applied against the CI’s budget for the year. There is normally a one-off charge in recognition of the CI Members contribution to HS&E work over the years, but this would not be onerous and can discussed nearer the time, if indeed it is still applicable.
This category is essentially for those companies who are not eligible to become Full Members, such as traders, service providers (logistics companies, shipping lines, inspection companies and the like), analysts etc, and attracts a charge of £3,900/year
Associate Industrial Members
For companies that are in the exploration/feasibility/development phase we offer Associate Industrial Membership which should be converted into Full Membership once production of cobalt starts. The current cost of Associate Industrial Membership is £1,900/year. Upon obtaining Full Membership Associate Industrial Members are credited with 2-years Associate Industrial membership against the initial joining invoice.
Membership is subject to approval by the CI Board.
How to join
For more details email David Weight.