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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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Environmental and Social Issues and the Coal Industry in Kuzbass, and Focal Areas for Future Action

Russia has long been an important coal-supplying country to Bettercoal as it represents 39% of European coal imports. In recent years, this importance has only increased. In 2018 Bettercoal set up the Russia Working Group (RWG) to develop a coordinated approach to the monitoring of the suppliers’ improvement plans, enhance in-country context expertise, address risks arising from the country context, grow supplier participation and improve communications with key stakeholders.

TDI Sustainability was requested by Bettercoal, on behalf of the RWG, to conduct independent analysis to identify the environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks of mining operations in the Kuzbass regions.

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ASM Gold Deserves Support from Formal Finance

BY CARLA NEEFS | DECEMBER 23, 2019

The artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) gold sector is largely unknown or poorly understood with a dubious reputation worldwide among micro-credit financiers, impact investors and the private sector. There is a perception that investing in and financing of ASM comes with insurmountable risk. However investing of any kind carries risk, and this barrier may be dismantled over time as various pilot investment projects demonstrate ASM can present a viable investment opportunity. In this new series of blog articles, we aim to share important insights into this complex arena, analyse the challenges and discuss possible solutions.

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IMPACT INVESTORS MISSING OUT ON HUGE POTENTIAL OF ASM GOLD

BY CARLA NEEFS | JANUARY 21, 2020

The artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) gold sector suffers from a dubious reputation worldwide among micro-credit financiers, impact investors and the private sector. There is a persistent perception that investing in and financing of ASM comes with a high level of risk. However, this perception is inaccurate and unfair. In this new series of blog articles, we aim to share important insights into this complex arena, and analyse the challenges and possible solutions.

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Tackling the Smuggling and Money Laundering in ASM Gold is a must

BY CARLA NEEFS | JANUARY 9, 2020

TDI Sustainability and Solidaridad have partnered for this blog series, reflecting on insights gained from a recent research report commissioned by Solidaridad and carried out by the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime; and TDI’s ongoing research in this field, funded by planetGOLD, as well as drawing from our first-hand experience through building The Impact Facility for Sustainable Mining Communities, enabling blended finance solutions for ASM. In this series of blog articles, we aim to share important insights into this complex arena and analyse the challenges and possible solutions.

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