Blogging our activities and news since our conception in mid-2020. Here, you will find all our blogs ordered by date so you can easily follow the progress we’ve been making.
FCA Quarterly – Q4 2023
Achieving tangible impact in artisanal cobalt mining communities The Fair Cobalt Alliance’s strategic approach to achieving its objectives and tangible impact in artisanal cobalt mining communities comprises five different workstreams geared towards improving the ground conditions of artisanal miners. In this section, we highlight our team’s activities in realising our goals, separated into these five […]
The Hub: A Child Labour Prevention and Remediation Network Creating Long-term Impact in Kolwezi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
This is a guest blog authored by Ellen Schliebitz, Vice-President of Communications at The Centre for Child Rights & Business, a civil society member of the FCA and one of the implementing partners of the child labour remediation hub (The Hub). Child labour is a pressing issue in and around informal mining communities in […]
Introducing Cobalt Credits: Responsible sourcing starts with taking responsibility
This is a guest blog authored by Angela Jorns, the Fair Materials & Mining Lead at Fairphone, and David Sturmes, Fundraising & Business Development Director at The Impact Facility. Fairphone is a Dutch social enterprise that, by making a smartphone and other electronics, is building a movement for fairer electronics, seeking to open up the […]
Empowering Women in Cobalt Mining: A Path to Eliminating Child labour in Lualaba, DR Congo
Gloria’s story, as recounted by IMPACT, sheds light on the daunting challenges faced by women in the cobalt-rich region of Lualaba, DR Congo. These women are confronted with an agonizing choice – to confront hunger or turn to cobalt mining – what the downstream refers to as artisanal mining. This dilemma uncovers deep-rooted gender inequalities […]
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The Fair Cobalt Alliance (FCA) is a multi-stakeholder action platform that brings togetheractors across the cobalt mineral supply chain to improve the lives of mining communities in the DRC.
A full overview of our current membership can be found here.
All members of the FCA are signatories of the FCA’s Call to Action that publicly attest to an organisation’s commitment to:
- Recognising the legitimacy of cobalt from responsible ASM operations
- Contributing resources to the FCA integrated programme
- Promoting the goals of the FCA
The FCA was launched in August 2020. The FCA was set up by founding members Glencore, Huayou Cobalt, Signify and Fairphone and is managed by The Impact Facility (TIF).
Key individuals involved have worked in mining for over two decades across Africa, South America and South-East Asia and saw a real need to ensure that the legacy of mining is a positive one – that means purposeful action to see safe working conditions in mines, as well as economic benefits in neighbouring communities.
To do this means collaboration along the whole supply chain, from mine to manufacturing, a shared responsibility. No one else was specifically focussed on this, nor are they still. So, that is why we are established and why we do what we do. Mining is a long term prospect and we’re in this for the long haul. A positive mining legacy for host countries and communities.
Yes, the FCA is actively seeking to expand its membership to increase its potential for positive impact. A diversity of members across the entire value chain is essential to drive the message home. Every company – and potentially every consumer – should play their part to ensure the miners of this essential commodity are not only safeguarded from harm in their daily occupation, but should receive a fair recompense.