RMI is governed by a Board of Directors, elected by the General Assembly, an Executive Team and Action Groups comprised of member organization subject matter experts. The General Assembly includes active members, honorary members and associate members. Only active members who are current in their dues have the right to vote. The General Assembly agrees on program strategy for the coming year, approves the accounts for the completed year and votes on the budget for the following year, deliberates on matters raised on the agenda, and votes on members of the Board of Directors.
Fanny has ten years of experience managing corporate social responsibility programs fostering collaboration among multiple stakeholders ranging from corporate procurement, R&D, marketing and communications functions to governmental and non-governmental organizations as well as research bodies. Before joining the Responsible Mica Initiative as Executive Director, Fanny founded ReShape, a consulting agency specialized in sustainable sourcing. Previously, she held different positions at leading French cosmetics manufacturer Groupe Rocher where she established a responsible botanical sourcing strategy which earned the company recognition for its cause marketing programs and responsible procurement strategies. For six years at Groupe Rocher Fanny supported efforts to address mica supply chain sourcing which included numerous field trips to the mica region of India. Fanny holds a Masters in Management from EM Lyon Business School and participated at the Social Entrepreneurship Education Program at INSEAD.
Program director for India
Vijay is a social anthropologist and rural development practitioner with two decades of experience working on corporate responsibility, supply chain and sustainability, business and human rights issues and community empowerment programs. He has partnered with global companies, international development agencies, NGOs, trade unions and both organized and un-organized sector workers. Vijay’s work includes the development and piloting of international guidelines on home workers in the supply chain for international retailers operating in India and the creation of initiatives in the apparel and textiles, handicraft and mining sectors to establish sustainable operations through a collaborative, inclusive and multi-stakeholder approach. He has worked with the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI-UK), Fair Trade-India, UNICEF-India and the Dr. Reddy’s Foundation Livelihood Advancement Business School across many states in India. Vijay’s post-graduate courses include ICRA (UK) certified Compliance Auditing & Internal Auditor ISO: 9001 training from the Indian Institute of Quality Management, Jaipur, India, a certificate course in Developing Ethical Trade Policy and Stakeholder Engagement from The Co-operative College, London, UK, and a post-graduate specialization in Rural Development from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, India. He holds a Ph.D. in Rural Development from Delhi University, India with a Masters in Sociology Masters in Rural Development.
Olivier Dubourdieu joined the RMI Executive Team as a project manager at the end 2019. He brings seven years of experience in the oil and gas and mining industries. He was employed as an engineer at Total, a leading French oil and gas group, where he worked on mining project assessments and conventional offshore production. Then, at RAMS & Co, a strategy and corporate finance consulting boutique, where he was a senior consultant, he worked hand-in-hand with partners to advise senior management in heavy industries from mining to chemicals. Olivier holds a MSc in Extractive Industry economics from the Ecole des Mines ParisTech and a MSc in Geology from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon.
Manager, Workplace Standards & Sustainability
Gautham Eswar is a Civil, Environmental and Health & safety Engineer. He joined the RMI Executive team as Manager, Workplace Standards & Sustainability in December 2021 bringing a decade of experience in Civil, Mechanical, Logistics, Oil and Gas, Marine and various other industries. He has successfully carried out over 2500 consulting hours on ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 45001:2018/OHSAS 18001:2007 for over 200 companies in Singapore. He has served as MOM (Ministry of Manpower, Singapore) registered workplace health and safety officer, and as qualified workplace health and safety auditor in Singapore. Gautham has conducted more than 400 hours of training of QMS/EMS/OHSMS/FSMS awareness and internal auditor courses to various companies in Singapore. Gautham holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from National University of Singapore.
Program manager for Madagascar
Marine has ten years of experience in the development and humanitarian sector in Africa (Burkina Faso, Mali, Central African Repubic, and DRC) and carries a particular interest for human rights protection. Before joining RMI as Program Manager for Madagascar, she has practiced negotiation, conflict prevention and dialog facilitation between stakeholders having diverse and contradictory interests in volatile environments. Marine is well versed in community engagement, community-based development, and governance. Located in Fort Dauphin in Madagascar, she joined RMI’s team in 2022 to actively contribute to the efficient implementation of RMI’s strategy in Madagascar. Marine holds a LLM in international public law of the University of Poitiers, France, while she had the opportunity to visit Universities of Singapore and Copenhagen.
Supply Chain Coordinator
Franconi Manera has seven years of experience in community development and project management in southern Madagascar. His work with artisanal mining communities and communities impacted by industrial mining activities has given him experience in institutional strengthening and formalization of communities within local associations, as well as in project management support.
Franconi has been involved in improving the living conditions of artisanal mica miners in mining areas in the Anôsy and Androy region of Madagascar since 2017.
He holds a Master’s degree in History, Comparative Civilization and Anthropology and joined RMI as Mica Supply Chain Coordinator in October 2022.
Action Groups comprised of RMI member organization subject matter experts further support the Board of Directors and the Executive Team by supporting strategy and programs. Participation in each Action Group is voluntary and based on the availability of members with expertise on staff related to one or more of RMI’s programs – Responsible Workplace Standards, Community Empowerment, Living Wage, and Legal Frameworks – and communications initiatives.
Until 2022, the RMI has been wholly funded by its members.
Budget in 2020 was €1,215,036.
Dues are assessed based on member organization profile and annual revenues.
The RMI is not a buyers group and operates under the Chatham House Rule. RMI’s Competition Charter, signed by all RMI members, further governs exchanges among members and the processing of confidential or sensitive information. The obligation to protect confidential information applies to any confidential or sensitive information obtained during the course of membership. Under this Charter, members commit to comply with all applicable competition laws and avoid anti-competitive behavior.