2021 Forum on responsible mineral supply chains

REGISTER: Artisanal cobalt production in the DRC: Towards a safe and just transition

Apr 26, 2021 | 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Partner Sessions


by Entreprise Générale du Cobalt (EGC) Artisanal and small-scale cobalt mining in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is undergoing fundamental reform. The DRC Government created Entreprise Générale du Cobalt (EGC), a Congolese state-owned mining company, in November 2019. EGC holds the monopoly for the purchase, process and sale of all cobalt produced by artisanal miners or companies involved in artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) in the DRC. In October 2020, Trafigura entered into an offtake agreement with EGC for cobalt. A component of the agreement included support by Trafigura to EGC and its partners for the development of responsible mining controls and traceability associated with ASM cobalt production. A central component of fulfilling EGC’s mission is ensuring that artisanal and small-scale cobalt production is undertaken in accordance with standards defined by the Technical Committee that ensure decent working conditions and eliminate the key social, ethical and environmental risks that have historically plagued artisanal cobalt production. Responsible sourcing specialists, Kumi Consulting are playing an important assurance role in this process on behalf of Trafigura. The objectives for this session are to: - Present the purpose and objectives of EGC and the implications for ASM cobalt practices in the DRC and the wider cobalt market. - Introduce the role of the EGC Technical Committee and its supporting partners. - Present the EGC’s responsible sourcing programme, including the EGC Responsible Sourcing Standard and its implementation Please register for this event and log your details. In turn, you will be provided with access to the meeting platform in advance of the event. Please note that simultaneous translation will be available in the following languages: French, English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese. Should you have any questions, please contact responsiblesourcing@trafigura.com