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Islands of responsibility? Corporate sourcing of artisanal cobalt in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Cobalt is an essential element within supply chains driving the technological transition to electric vehicles. A majority of the world’s estimated cobalt reserves are in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with 10–30% of Congo’s annual production mined artisanally. Much maligned environmental, social and human rights abuses within the artisanal sector are driving corporate efforts to “clean up” and derisk supply chains. It is imperative that these efforts align with the sustainable development priorities and needs of artisanal mining communities themselves. This issue paper gathers local perspectives on the priority changes needed to improve governance and investment in the sector.

Additional Info

Author(s)
E Umpula, A Buxton, B Schwartz
Publication Year
2021
Associated Partners
Afrewatch
Language
English, French
Publishing Institution Webpage
https://pubs.iied.org/20436iied
Data Source Classification
Program Report
Research Type
Both
Research Methodology
Primary - INTERVIEW, Primary - OBSERVATION, Secondary - PREVIOUS RESEARCH, Secondary - OFFICIAL STATISTICS, Primary - ANECDOTAL
Thematic Tags
Political, Due Diligence, Traceability, and Transparency, Formalization, Governance, Large-scale Mining, Supply Chains, Economic, Access to Markets, Income, Market Linkages, Social, Child Labor, Community, Employment, Gender, Health and Safety, Human Rights, Labor and Working Conditions, Livelihoods, Modern Slavery, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, Legal, Land Rights, Laws and Regulations, Licensing, Mineral Rights, Environmental
Minerals
Cobalt
Region
Sub-Saharan Africa
Country
Democratic Republic of Congo
Last Updated
September 28, 2021