Norilsk Nickel Harjavalta Oy, a Finnish subsidiary of Russian Norilsk Nickel, the world’s largest producer of palladium and high-grade nickel and a major producer of platinum and copper, was recognized as a Conformant Cobalt Refiner by the Responsible Minerals Initiative.
The Responsible Minerals Assurance Process aims to create the enabling conditions for businesses to exercise due diligence over cobalt supply chains in accordance with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance.
In November 2020, the facility, located in Harjavalta, Finland, was audited as part of the RMAP under the RMI Cobalt Refiner Due Diligence Standard. This step was designed to strengthen Nornickel’s commitment to responsible cobalt supply. In March 2022, the facility was included in the list of RMI-compliant refineries.
The Finnish plant’s compliance with the Cobalt Due Diligence Standard for cobalt producers indicates that the critical observations made in the initial RMAP assessment were sufficiently addressed and no violations of responsible suppliers were identified in the reassessment.
Cobalt is used in lithium-ion batteries, which are required for the production of electric cars, smartphones and computers. Norilsk Nickel Harjavalta Oy specializes in the production of cobalt sulfate as well as nickel in various forms.