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Introduction

Building the Sustainable Society of Tomorrow – Today

Cobalt is an essential element behind many of today’s most important applications. More than just a metal, cobalt enhances our quality of life and plays an important part in building a sustainable future.

Cobalt is a technology-enabling material that is currently irreplaceable in many of today’s technologies; portable devices such as laptops and smartphones, batteries for electric vehicles, renewable energy storage systems, wind turbines, automotive safe systems, cutting tools, prosthetics, catalysts, aircrafts, rockets and many more applications, could not exist without the key contribution of cobalt.

As the demand for cobalt increases, so does the exposure to supply chain risk. The complexity of the cobalt supply chain means it is exposed to multiple responsible sourcing risks. For instance, as a significant proportion of the world’s cobalt is sourced from the the Democratic Republic of the Congo, companies in the supply chain could be exposed to risks relating to human rights and financial crime. As a global commodity, the cobalt industry also faces risks relating to health, safety, and the environment.  

With consumers, the media, and society now well-aware of this, many companies that use cobalt are scrutinising the sustainability of their supply chains. For example, many automotive companies – the biggest users of cobalt – are transferring their customer’s requirements to their cobalt suppliers, requiring increased due diligence and assessment of every step of their supply chain including sourcing. 

Cobalt producers and buyers have a responsibility to give these end users the confidence that the materials they work with are responsibly sourced and produced.

A proactive approach to sustainability

The Cobalt Institute (CI) has a longstanding commitment to the sustainable and responsible production and use of cobalt – a commitment enshrined in our 7 Guiding Principles. With the goal of establishing an industry-wide cobalt supply chain risk management framework, in 2017 the CI entered into a partnership with RCS Global, a leading adviser on responsible sourcing of natural resources.

The result of this partnership is the Cobalt Industry Responsible Assessment Framework (CIRAF).

CIRAF was created to help the cobalt industry be part of the solution – to take a proactive approach to answering the sustainability concerns of their customers and stakeholders. A voluntary tool available at every stage of the cobalt supply chain, CIRAF is not a standard or a certification but a risk management and reporting framework to help companies reinforce their commitment to responsible production and sourcing.

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History

A Solid Foundation to Build From

Within the industry, the Cobalt Institute has a reputation for setting the standard for the sustainable and responsible production and use of cobalt. However, in light of the increasing expectations from society, our customers, and the media, it’s time we take this reputation public. That’s why we created CIRAF – a management framework to help you publicise your commitment to global best practices in responsible production and sourcing.

2017
2018
Jan 2019
Apr 2019
Feb-Dec 2019
Apr-Oct 2019
2020

2017

The Cobalt Institute and RCS Global form a partnership with the goal of establishing an industry-wide cobalt supply chain risk management framework.

2018

CI develops and pilots a framework tool for managing cobalt supply chain risks

Jan 2019

The Cobalt Institute officially launches the Cobalt Industry Responsible Assessment Framework (CIRAF) on 9 January 2019. 

Apr 2019

CIRAF sets up an informal Stakeholder Dialogue Group to provide progress updates to key stakeholders and gather constructive input on the initiative. The Stakeholder Dialogue Group is composed of 16 stakeholders representing international organisations, regulators, civil society, standard setting bodies, industry groups, and others.

Feb-Dec 2019

Bilateral engagements take place with the stakeholder community and key standard setting bodies, including RMI, OECD, and LME. The goal of this engagement is to ensure CIRAF remains relevant and to explore opportunities for collaboration and alignment.

Apr-Oct 2019

The Cobalt Institute organises two public events on CIRAF, held in conjunction with the OECD Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains and the RMI Conference.

 

 

2020

During CIRAF’s second year of implementation, further engagement will be undertaken as the initiative goes into practice.