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An artisanal miner at work in DRC. (Credit: Pact)
December 16, 2020

Pact, AOC and Philips Monitors partner to improve responsible sourcing of minerals in the Democratic Republic of Congo

International nonprofit organization Pact, AOC International (Europe) B.V. and MMD-Monitors & Displays Nederland B.V. (Philips Monitors), leaders in the global monitor market, announce a new partnership to enhance formalization and governance of the artisanal and small-scale mining...

An artisanal miner in DRC.
November 23, 2020

Entreprise Générale du Cobalt enters into a trading agreement with Trafigura with the aim to transform the artisanal and small-scale cobalt mining sector in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Entreprise Générale du Cobalt (“EGC”) has today announced the signing of a trading agreement with Trafigura Pte Ltd (“Trafigura”).

Karen Hayes selected 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining 2020
November 19, 2020

Pact’s Karen Hayes celebrated in 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining publication

Pact’s Karen Hayes, Vice President of Energy, Environment and Extractives, has recently been selected as one of 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining by Women in Mining U.K. The biennial global publication celebrates the “above and beyond” contributions of women to the global mining...

Credit: Green Invest Asia
November 16, 2020

Private sector launches coconut industry's first sustainability charter

With support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Green Invest Asia, implemented by Pact, private sector leaders signed the coconut industry’s first global Sustainable Coconut Charter, which aims to improve farmer livelihoods,  lessen the carbon footprint of...

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October 16, 2020

Zewud Debebe joins Pact as chief human capital officer

Pact, an international nonprofit, announced that Zewud Debebe has joined the organization as its new chief human capital officer. Debebe, an accomplished business and human resources leader, will join the organization’s executive team and lead its global human capital strategy.

Artisanally mined bricks for construction in Rwanda
September 9, 2020

Neglected artisanal miners are proven critical for the attainment of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Even in its informal state, ASM makes positive contributions to almost all of the SDGs, but also has negative impacts on most of them.  Depending on the way it is approached, formalization can help mitigate many of the sector’s negative impacts and amplify its positive impacts on the...

Karen Hayes (Photo: Pact)
August 26, 2020

Pact’s Karen Hayes named a Top 100 CSR Influence Leader

Pact’s Vice President of Mines to Markets, Karen Hayes, has been named a Top 100 Corporate Social Responsibility Influence Leader. She was recognized by Assent Compliance, a leader in supply chain data management, in their 2020 list, which celebrates extraordinary leadership in areas such...

Rain is critical at the start of the planting season in the Lower Mekong Basin.
July 31, 2020

Monitoring the Mekong drought

As part of the Mekong Water Data Initiative (MWDI), the Sustainable Infrastructure Partnership (SIP)  is continuing its long-standing collaboration with Eyes on Earth in a new effort to provide near real-time monitoring of climate conditions in the Mekong region. This collaboration begins...

June 2, 2020

Statement on racism and injustice

The recent police killings of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Sean Reed and Breonna Taylor are weighing heavily on us all. We are filled with grief and concern as we reflect on these incidents and the racial injustice in American society that enables such actions against people of color.  Pact...

Men and women hard at work at a mine site in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
May 15, 2020

Pact joins call for immediate action for artisanal mining communities during Covid-19 crisis

This week, Pact joined more than 70 civil society organizations and community-based associations in calling for immediate and concerted action from governments, financing institutions, international organizations, the private sector and others to support artisanal mining communities and...


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