Principles and Objectives


There has been some form of the Cobalt Institute in existence since 1957. Formed in 1982, the present Institute is a non-profit international association comprised of producers, users and traders of cobalt with the objectives to:

Currently, we have over 30 members from 14 countries including all the major cobalt producers.


With the ICMM values and the CI objectives in mind, we strive to achieve high standards in our sector as exemplified by our 7-Guiding Principles:

  1. Maintain high ethical standards in all aspects of work.
  2. Operate with high standards of social responsibility.
  3. Encourage the implementation of robust internal reporting structures to ensure transparent and sustainable operating practices.
  4. Work with Regulators and Legislators to communicate the latest science data, ensure it is appropriately applied and encompass best practices regarding any intrinsic hazards and risk management principle.
  5. Continue to develop and disseminate scientific information on cobalt to ensure the fullest understanding of cobalt in the context of human health, safety & environment.
  6. Work to promote and develop the production and uses for cobalt in a responsible and sustainable way.
  7. Encourage the Guiding Principles of cobalt to be used throughout the life cycle.