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CIRAF is the industry-wide risk management framework that helps cobalt supply chain players identify production- and sourcing-related risks. By consolidating the many activities underway across the cobalt supply chain, CIRAF enables participants – and the cobalt industry in general – to enhance their commitment to risk management and reporting. CIRAF is not a standard or certification scheme but a management tool that enables participants to prove they are aligned with global best practices in responsible production and sourcing.

About the
Cobalt Institute

As the voice of the cobalt industry, the Cobalt Institute (CI) is dedicated to promoting the sustainable and responsible production and use of cobalt in all its forms. The CI is a member-based not-for-profit organization, with membership open to every stage of the cobalt supply chain – including producers, users, recyclers and traders. It currently represents around 70% of cobalt produced worldwide.

David Weight

Cobalt Institute President

David has over 40 years of experience in the mining industry. He began his career providing technical and commercial services to the Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines (ZCCM), one of the world’s largest refined copper and cobalt producers, eventually serving as the CEO of ZCCM (UK). Following that company’s privatisation, David then provided consulting services in financial risk management and metals marketing and trading for such companies as Mitsui & Co Ltd, Anglo American Corporation of South Africa before moving into the Lloyd’s Insurance market working on mining risks with Jardine Lloyd Thompson Ltd.

In addition to his role as President of the Cobalt Institute, David also serves as the Director of the Cobalt REACH Consortium Ltd, the REACH Metal Carboxylates Consortium and the Non-Ferrous Alliance.