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:
the sustainable and responsible production and use of cobalt in all its forms.
Representing the voice of the
cobalt industry on all issues related to cobalt
including health, safety and environment, sustainability and responsible
sourcing, among others.
Promoting co-operation between all stakeholders, especially on issues of the
human health, sustainability and responsible
Providing a mechanism for the
development and dissemination of independent
information concerning cobalt resources and the sustainable
and responsible production and use of cobalt in all its forms.
Membership of the Institute may be Full (voting) or Associate (non-voting). 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:
- Maintain high ethical standards in all aspects of work.
- Operate with high standards of social responsibility.
- Encourage the implementation of robust internal reporting structures to ensure transparent and sustainable operating practices.
- 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.
- Continue to develop and disseminate scientific information on cobalt to ensure the fullest understanding of cobalt in the context of human health, safety & environment.
- Work to promote and develop the production and uses for cobalt in a responsible and sustainable way.
- Encourage the Guiding Principles of cobalt to be used throughout the life cycle.