We are on the hunt for a smart, ambitious and sustainability-oriented communications lead to develop, deliver and continually improve key aspects of our outreach model.
Currently we are mapping out a general growth strategy that our communications lead will support. The right person will help to fully develop our communications brief, then deliver it.
We are based in Barcelona and prefer that you are too, but we can be flexible for the right candidate.
Permanent position. Work flexibility negotiable.
Flexible based on your experience, skill set and growth proposition.
Please send your CV along with 2-3 examples of relevant work and your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org. These can be links to a Website, PDFs or links to Publications and any copy you have written.
We will be shortlisting a handful of impressive candidates like you to chat with in the course of June. We are looking for the right fit and a situation that works well for both parties in the long term. Let us know if you think that might be you!
May 15, 2018
We have now launched the Autonomous Due Diligence (ADD) Protocol, as part of our public toolkit for mining and mineral trade actors to demonstrate compliance with the OECD due diligence framework.
The Protocol is intended to promote global alignment of upstream supply chain due diligence practices with the OECD Guidance irrespective of the origin of mineral materials, by (1) empowering upstream supply chain participants to conduct due diligence and yet (2) ensuring a degree of standardized reporting in order to facilitate efficient and effective audits. As such, the ADD Protocol provides an open framework for upstream mineral supply chain actors to report on their efforts to respect human rights and avoid contributing to conflict through their operations. It is intended to serve as a common reference towards improved reporting on the local circumstances of mining and the mineral trade worldwide.
The ADD Protocol is also conceived as an open-source manual in that incident, contextual event, risk and risk mitigation registries will be expanded over time by Protocol users in a collaborative, public manner.
Of course our goal is also to support access to better data by downstream supply chain participants.
We are now gathering feedback on the Protocol from key stakeholders – contact us if you would like to contribute!
May 10, 2018
Our Project Lead, Benjamin Clair, was at Re:Publica 2018 in Berlin where he participated in a panel discussing the potential of blockchain technology to create business models where no one is left behind.
Together with other experts in technology, finance and grassroots community activism, Benjamin introduced some of the opportunities that blockchain technology offers in the mining and mineral trade sector, particularly to promote transparency and accountability in what currently is a very opaque and complex industry. Increased accountability, we believe, will bring more and better development opportunities at the local level – where key parts of your daily electronics come from.
Click here to see the full video of the panel.
Companies that align their strategy to the business and development challenges of communities involved in their supply chain can now mitigate risk and help create value beyond immediate financial returns on investment. The OECD Guidance for Responsible Sourcing of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas provides a framework for supply chain due diligence.
BetterChain shared expertise with participants in the hackathon organised by the Blockchain for Social Impact Coalition (BSIC), a ConsenSys initiative to incubate, develop, and implement blockchain solutions that can address social and environmental challenges across the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Of particular interest was the Mineral-Track project, supported by representatives from ABN Amro and Fairphone, whose goal is to identify solutions to facilitate traceability of cobalt to its origin in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In the BSIC hackathon context, the Mineral-Track team explored a BetterChain suggestion to integrate data collection at mining community level into end-user supply chain due diligence efforts.
The experience has been truly inspiring, thanks to the vision, creativity and commitment of software engineers Kasper and Mark, as well as designers PJ and Mieka. The resulting introduction video forms a solid basis for future outreach, and framework development activities.
Congratulations to this brilliant team for taking the runner-up spot in the supply chain category. We truly hope that this will stimulate the involvement of more developers and partners!
Blockchain for Social Impact Coalition
BetterChain has global reach and decentralised objectives, yet Barcelona is where it all starts.
For many years a magnet for conferences and seminars, Barcelona enjoys great logistical and communication infrastructure which – combine“d with a lovely mediterranean climate – have lured a growing number of global talents.
Barcelona Tech City is a hub for innovation and promotion of the city’s assets, where members join forces to spread an entrepreneurship culture and build synergies.
We are pleased to be joining the association and look forward to exchanging ideas and contributing to the Barcelona’s growth.