Responsible Minerals Initiative

Global Workplace Standard for Mica Processors Released

New standard supports worker rights, addresses environment, health and safety issues
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ALEXANDRIA, Va. and PARIS, March 16, 2021 /3BL Media/ The Responsible Minerals Initiative of the Responsible Business Alliance and the Responsible Mica Initiative today announced the release of a Global Workplace Standard for Mica Processors. The new Standard aims to improve conditions for workers in mica supply chains by leveraging the collective experience of these initiatives and benchmarking against internationally recognized frameworks.

Freeport Cobalt Receives Ethical Sourcing Validation From Responsible Minerals Initiative

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Freeport Cobalt is committed to the production of chemicals from responsibly sourced cobalt. Freeport Cobalt in Kokkola, Finland, recently became the first cobalt chemical producer in the world to achieve Conformant Downstream Facility status through the Responsible Minerals Initiative's (RMI’s) Downstream Assessment Program. The RMI's Downstream Assessment Program provides independent verification of management systems supporting ethical and responsible sourcing. 

DRC Minister of Mines Joins Cobalt Action Partnership

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ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 23, 2020 /3BL Media/ – The Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI), as the Partnership Lead of the Cobalt Action Partnership (CAP), today with CAP Implementing Partners announced that His Excellency Professor Willy Kitobo Samsoni, National Minister of Mines of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), is joining the CAP Steering Committee. This step demonstrates a significant step to link the global desire for responsible cobalt supply chains with the important commitment of DRC government actors. 

RCS Global and Responsible Minerals Initiative Partner to Support Cobalt ASM Producers

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ALEXANDRIA, Va., and LONDON, April 21, 2020 /3BL Media/ – The Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) and RCS Global Group (RCS Global) have announced a new strategic partnership to scale their existing efforts to drive continual improvements in the production of artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) cobalt in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Responsible Business Alliance Enhances Data Analytics Capabilities

New RBA-Online Platform and Director of Data Science Support Members' Research Needs
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ALEXANDRIA, Va., February 25, 2020 /3BL Media/ - The Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) today announced it is greatly enhancing its data analytics capabilities with the pending launch of its newly upgraded RBA-Online platform in March and the recent addition of a data scientist on staff. These resources will support members of the RBA and its Initiatives as they seek to better understand and use key data to improve labor and environmental conditions in their global supply chains.

Responsible Business Alliance Expands Presence in Europe

New Office and Director in Brussels Support Increasing Corporate Responsibility Efforts in EU
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ALEXANDRIA, Va., February 11, 2020 /3BL Media/ - The Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) today announced it has expanded its presence in Europe by opening an office in Brussels, Belgium and hiring a European Director to represent the RBA and its membership. The new office will support the RBA’s longstanding efforts in Europe related to responsible business conduct, responsible minerals sourcing, public procurement, environmental and other issues.

ITA and RMI Demonstrate Assurance Leadership in Tin Due Diligence

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HERTFORDSHIRE, United Kingdom and ALEXANDRIA, Va., November 13, 2019 /3BL Media/– The International Tin Association (ITA) and the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI), an Initiative of the Responsible Business Alliance, have jointly developed and published new “Assessment Criteria for Tin Smelting Companies,” which clarify a common upstream and downstream view of due diligence requirements for the tin supply chain. 

Freeport Cobalt, a Freeport-McMoRan Company, Recognized for Responsible Mineral Sourcing

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January 2, 2020 /3BL Media/ - Freeport Cobalt, a Freeport-McMoRan company, was recognized as a Conformant Refiner by the Responsible Minerals Initiative for its ethical processing of responsibly sourced minerals.

The certification by this international group validates the company's commitment to producing materials from responsibly sourced cobalt. More than 65 percent of the world's cobalt supply is sourced from conflict-affected and high-risk areas such as the Democratic Republic of Congo.

RMI and GRI Launch Responsible Mineral Reporting Toolkit

New Resource Encourages Supply Chain Disclosures for ‘Conflict Minerals’
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ALEXANDRIA, Va. and AMSTERDAM, October 15, 2019 /3BL Media/ – The Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI), an Initiative of the Responsible Business Alliance, and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), have launched a toolkit to advance reporting on sourcing minerals from conflict-affected and high-risk areas.

Responsible Mica and Minerals Initiatives Collaborate to End Child Labor and Improve Working Conditions

Organizations to Leverage Respective Strengths for Mica Supply Chains Globally
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PARIS & ALEXANDRIA, October 9, 2019 /3BL Media/– The Responsible Mica Initiative and the Responsible Minerals Initiative, an Initiative of the Responsible Business Alliance, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work toward ending the use of child labor and to improve working conditions in mica industry supply chains globally. 

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