By virtue of providing the critical raw materials for batteries, minerals such as cobalt, nickel, lithium, and graphite play an essential role enabling the transition to green energy and transport. Establishing battery value chains that are sustainable, circular and just is at the heart of the GBA’s mission.
The GBA is working with its members across the value chain on ensuring that critical materials are produced, sourced, processed, transported, manufactured and recycled in a responsible and sustainable manner which minimizes environmental harm, respects human rights and creates benefits for stakeholders along the supply chain.
As demand for batteries sees exponential growth and the world seeks emission-free energy alternatives, batteries are an essential component of our future. The World Economic Forum projects that the “production of minerals such as graphite, lithium and cobalt could increase by nearly 500% by 2050 to meet growing demand for clean energy technologies.”
However, supplying the future of electrification presents both challenges and opportunities. Adopting a members-led and non-prescriptive approach to issue mapping, the GBA is launching the Critical Minerals Advisory Group (CMAG) in the summer of 2022. The CMAG will build on the successful multistakeholder initiative implemented in 2020-2021 under the Cobalt Action Partnership. The series of collaborative online CMAG sessions, facilitated by GBA knowledge partner Battery Associates, will introduce a range of macro-economic, social and governance issues related to the sourcing of critical minerals. At the end of this members-led dialogue series, GBA will have successfully mapped key issues pertinent to critical minerals of the battery value chain; prioritized issues based on their relevance to GBA members involved; and developed an action plan where the GBA as a public-private multistakeholder collaboration platform with a membership which spans the entire value chain can have a unique impact.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how your organisation can join the GBA and participate in CMAG.
In 2020-2021, the GBA convened a comprehensive global stakeholder consultation process on the Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM) Cobalt Framework as part of the Cobalt Action Partnership (CAP) to immediately and urgently eliminate child and forced labor from the cobalt value chain, contribute to the sustainable development of communities, and respect the human rights of those affected (pursuant to GBA Principle #8).
Eliminating child labor requires concerted action on a wide variety of fronts. The CAP focused on the following actions:
To achieve our objectives – with a unified voice to increase scale and the impact of our individual and collective efforts – we conducted the following activities in partnership with our stakeholders:
The report summarizing the key takeaways of the stakeholder consultation is available here.
Building on the successful multistakeholder process enabled by the GBA, piloting and implementation of the Framework were graduated to a GBA partner organization, the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI). In July 2022 the GBA and the RMI co-funded a series of restitution workshops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to provide local stakeholders with an update on the framework prior to the RMI proceeding with piloting.
The Cobalt Action Partnership was managed by a Project Management Office. Decision-making was guided by a Steering Committee made up of voting members, including GBA members and government representatives, and non-voting observers (international organizations and government representatives).
Project Management Office: The Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI), an initiative of the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA).
The Cobalt Action Partnership was led and supported by a consortium of organizations that have expertise, field presence, and programs that are aligned with and contribute toward the CAP’s mission.