RESPONSIBLE SOURCING

BACKGROUND

As one of the world’s leading traders of metals and minerals, we recognise the potential for adverse social or environmental impacts associated with their extraction, processing and sale.

Our Responsible Sourcing programme embeds our ‘Corporate Responsibility Policy’ and ‘Responsible Sourcing and Supply Chain Expectations’ alongside the recommendations of the OECD’s ‘Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains’ (OECD Guidance).  It incorporates desk-based analysis of our counterparts’ activities and impacts and is backed-up by repeated site-based assessments by experienced Trafigura staff, as well as authoritative third-party assessors. Trafigura is committed to working with its suppliers and partners to mitigate those social and environmental risks identified.

 

CHEMAF CASE STUDY

Chemaf is a leading mineral exploration, mining and processing company in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). In July 2017, while exploring a commercial partnership with the company, Trafigura initiated a review, conducted by third-party assessor Kumi Consulting, examining Chemaf’s operations against our Responsible Sourcing standards. The review examined Chemaf’s operational facilities on the outskirts of Lubumbashi, and incorporated Mutoshi, a then dormant mine in Kolwezi, that Chemaf sought to develop. 

In 2018, Trafigura Group entered into a three-year marketing agreement with Chemaf and its parent company Shalina Resources Ltd for cobalt hydroxide. A component of the agreement provided for Trafigura’s ongoing support to Chemaf in building the company’s ability to manage social and environmental impacts across its operations.

In light of Chemaf’s intention to develop its Mutoshi concession, initially through the appointment of an artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) contractor, Trafigura engaged internationally respected NGO PACT in January 2018, to support Chemaf in the ongoing maintenance of a Responsible Mineral Sourcing programme in line with Trafigura’s standards. 

The below provides a full outline of how the project is progressing.



Facing up to the challenge of ASM - longer version

Facing up to the challenge of ASM - shorter version

Monitoring & assurance

Extraction

Extraction

Processing

Processing

Purchasing

Purchasing

Transportation

Transportation

Click below to hear the perspectives of those involved in the Pilot Project.

Extraction
Les Melrose, Chemaf
Ngombe Kingudi Sylvestre Petit-Petit, COMIAKOL, General Manager
Daly Ilunga Mikombe, COMIAKOL, ASM worker
Julie Kasongo, COMIAKOL, Social affairs manager
Processing
COMIAKOL Mineral Washing
Purchasing
COMIAKOL Buying Station
Monitoring
James Nicholson, Trafigura, Head of Corporate Responsibility
Luc Lenge Asosa, PACT, Development Program Manager
Karen Hayes, PACT
Assurance
Andrew Britton, Kumi Consulting

monitoring & assurance