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Extractives and Development

19.08.2022 Podcast series “Responsible Sourcing”: Highgrade Media interviews the BMZ

As part of a podcast series on “Responsible Sourcing”, Highgrade Media discusses responsible supply chains from different angles using the example of the cobalt supply chain. In five episode, Highgrade Media wants to find out how supply chains can be made more responsible and transparent by interviewing stakeholders from various stages of the cobalt supply chain. The guests analyse their respective opportunities and challenges in creating more responsible supply chains.


The last of five episodes of the series has now been published. This episode deals with regulatory frameworks and the possibilities for policymakers to shape responsible supply chains. Dr. Heike Henn, Director for Climate, Energy and Environment at the BMZ, outlines Germany’s perspective on responsible supply chains as a highly industrialized country and gives insights into the BMZ’s activities in the mining sector. The BMZ strongly advocates for supply chain due diligence legislation and supports responsible sourcing and production of minerals through a so-called “smart mix” of measures. This entails mandatory regulation and voluntary initiatives, bilateral and regional development projects, cooperation with multilateral institutions, and engagement with multi-stakeholder initiatives.

Highgrade Media (External link) is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to communicating timely issues related to the extractive sector to a broad audience and is financially supported by the sector programme “Extractives and Development”. To this end, Highgrade regularly publishes podcasts with interview partners from government, private sector, development cooperation and academia. You can find the podcasts searching for “The Natural Resources Podcast” on all common streaming platforms or access it through the teaser in this article.

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