Plenary panel discussion: Responsible sourcing


There is growing pressure on manufacturers to demonstrate ethical mineral provenance, posing a serious challenge for goods with a cosmopolitan mix of metals from all corners of the globe. The preference for products made with responsibly sourced materials suggests that miners who can prove they are operating sustainably can expect a premium for their metals.

  • Are miners and downstream producers realistically seeing a premium for responsibly sourced metals in a world of undersupply?
  • What does it mean to mine responsibly in Australia?
  • Will battery metals such as lithium, cobalt, nickel and graphite need certification to be cleared for use in carbon-fighting electric vehicles?
  • What technologies can miners embrace to ensure the downstream industry is satisfied with mineral provenance?
  • Is blockchain the answer for responsible sourcing or a solution looking for a problem?

Chief Technology Officer
OZ Minerals
Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia (MRIWA)