Webinar: The first universal sustainability certification scheme for the mining sector and beyond
On 22 September 2020, Dr Andreas Hucke, Nadine Kohl, Lukas Förster and Knut Hirsch were joined by more than 70 representatives from along the entire raw materials value chain to explore the topic of certification and sustainability in mining and beyond.
In an hour-long discussion, participants explored the role of technology, confidentiality and real-life application in raw materials certification and how CERA is working to streamline and simplify the method for ensuring the sustainability of exploration, extraction, processing, manufacturing and the final product.
This marks the first in an ongoing series of webinars that CERA will lead on sustainability and certification in raw materials, working closely with the CERA partners (including CONFEDEM, LTU Business, Montanunversität Leoben, RISE, Savannah Resources, TÜV NORD Cert, Universiteit Leiden).
Audience participation was lively and varied, driving the conversation into progressive and perennial areas of discussion for certification. Some of the question topics included the difference between CERA standard and existing databases; the application of the CERA standard to SMEs; CERA’s work with conflict minerals on the African continent; and certification training led by CERA.
These and other questions are answered in full in our FAQ section.
CERA will be the first universal and comprehensive certification scheme that accommodates all minerals and all regions. In contrast to other sectors such as the forestry, food or textile sector, in which a comprehensive certification scheme for production and transport is already established an all-encompassing standard for the certification of mineral resources does not yet exist.
In addition, the moral and ethical principles of the consumer when buying sustainably obtained and manufactured products and the political demand for compliance with social, ecological and financial principles are increasing. This implies the need to establish a complete and universally recognised certification system for the production, processing and traceable transport of all mineral resources.
Sustainability along the entire raw materials supply chain
CERA solves the problem of inefficient and inconsistent certification with a universal and standardised evaluation of environmental, social and economic sustainability along the entire raw materials supply chain.
Streamlining and simplification of sustainability evidence
Through a systemic approach, CERA will streamline and simplify the method through which sustainability is defined and guaranteed within the entire raw materials supply chain.
A scheme for the raw materials industry, by the raw materials industry
CERA brings together the strongest possible team, led and crutinised by some of the Europe’s leading commercial, academic and institutional partners.
The CERA team consists of universities and independent audit and consulting companies, which bring in different competencies that are highly relevant for the certification of mineral resources and chain of custody.
To ensure the credibility of CERA, the team behind the project consists of professional and experienced members, each of which bring highly specialised and unique knowledge in their field.
Expert for strategic project development
"CERA makes an important contribution to more sustainability."
Expert for strategic project development / certification scheme design
"I am convinced CERA can make a decisive contribution to more sustainability in the raw materials sector."
Expert for sustainable supply chain schemes development
" The traceability back along the supply chain from the finished product to the origin of the raw material is the future which CERA promotes."