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.
ASM for the prospect of better lives for themselves and their families.
Reflections by Hugh Brown on ASM around the world Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) is not limited to the cobalt sector. Worldwide millions of men and women rely on ASM for their livelihood. Few people, if any, have visited a greater range and number of artisanal mine sites around the world than Hugh Brown – […]
FCA Quarterly Update – Q1 2022
With this blog, we’d like to reflect on the progress our team has made during the first quarter of 2022. Before we go into this, however, we would like to first remember the death of 6 workers at the Kamilombe mine in late January on which we previously reflected in a blog following these tragic […]
Why SUSHI BIKES has joined the Fair Cobalt Alliance
This is a guest blog authored by SUSHI BIKES founder and CEO Andy Weinzierl, as Munich-based SUSHI BIKES joins the FCA as the first e-bike brand, joining the growing membership of the FCA. SUSHI BIKES is a young start-up for e-bikes, founded in 2019. We produce quality e-bikes for the urban environment at an affordable […]
Reflecting on 2021: FCA’s Official Impact and Financial Report
As the demand for cobalt rises and our reliance on it becomes more evident, the need to ensure markets have access to reliable and responsible sources strengthens. The goal of the FCA is for the Democratic Republic of the Congo to be known as one such responsible source.
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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.