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Leading The Charge For Change – Our Chance To Transform The Cobalt Mining Sector

BY ASSHETON CARTER & DAVID STURMES | JUNE 5, 2020 For the last 1.5 years, our TDI Impact team at the Impact Facility have been working with Fairphone, Signify and Huayou Cobalt to develop a programme that addresses the most urgent issues associated with the production of cobalt by artisanal miners in the Democratic Republic of Congo. As

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Leading The Charge For Change – Our Chance To Transform The Cobalt Mining Sector

BY ASSHETON CARTER & DAVID STURMES | JUNE 5, 2020

For the last 1.5 years, our TDI Impact team at the Impact Facility have been working with Fairphone, Signify and Huayou Cobalt to develop a programme that addresses the most urgent issues associated with the production of cobalt by artisanal miners in the Democratic Republic of Congo. As we are preparing for the public launch of our action platform, we felt the need to contribute to the discourse around artisanal mining of cobalt. Critically asking: What needs to happen to improve working conditions at artisanal mine sites and what is the downstream’s role in this?

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Deep-Sea Minerals

A new initiative unites top luxury brands and mining companies around a shared vision for the gemstones and jewellery industry

Today marks the culmination of five years collaboration between the Coloured Gemstone Working Group and TDI Sustainability as we unveil the Gemstones and Jewellery Community Platform.

Unique in the industry, the Platform will offer free resources and tools, created and tested through the engagement of over 150 businesses over the last three years. The resources and tools will support businesses of all type, size, and shape, in their efforts to build knowledge and capacity around key sustainability topics, implement their learning, and demonstrate their efforts towards improving social, environmental, and governance performances.

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BUILDING A FRONTIER IMPACT INVESTMENT SECTOR – THE PATH FORWARD FOR ARTISANAL AND SMALL SCALE MINING – PART 2

BY SARAH CAVEN | APRIL 6, 2020

The artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector is largely unknown or poorly understood by the finance world. There is a perception held by many that investing in and financing ASM comes with insurmountable risk. All investing carries risk, especially in new, unproven or complex sectors such as ASM, however, and this barrier is often dismantled over time as pilot projects demonstrate viability and the investment opportunity emerges. In this continuing series of blog articles, we consider the current status of ASM as an impact investment sector and the barriers it faces. We suggest that building the necessary infrastructure to enable access to finance for ASM can begin to erode these barriers and help to advance ASM projects nearer to unlocking finance. 

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