ABOUT us / Governance

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.

Board of Directors

President
Nils Oldenburg
Vice President, Integrated Supply Chain, Merck KGaA
Learn more about Merck KGaA 

Administrator
Riaz Zaman
Counsel, Government Affairs, World Coatings Council
Learn more about the International World Coatings Council

Treasurer
Laure Malherbe
Sustainable Sourcing Director, L’Oréal S.A.
Learn more about L’Oreal 

Secretary
Dave Howson
Procurement Risk & Sustainability Director, Coty Inc.
Lean more about Coty Inc 

Administrator
Eduardo Lopez-Doriga
Marketing & Sales Director Europe, CQV
Learn more about CQV 

Vice President
Carel Kok
Chief Executive Officer, Terre des Hommes Nederlands
Learn more about Terre des Hommes 

Executive Team

Executive Director
Fanny Frémont

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.

India Program Manager
Vijay Jaint

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.

Manager, Advocacy and Stakeholder Engagement
Ajay Kumar

A recent university graduate, Ajay has held a number of university field work positions associated with rural development. In Bihar, he supported the creation of model villages in 13 communities that effectively allocated resources to meet competing development goals such as alternative means of livelihood and access to education, water and sanitation resources. His research includes an assessment of the impact of climate change and drought on rural community development. Ajay holds an MBA from Institute of Rural Management Anand and a BS degree from University Institute of Engineering and Technology, MD University Rohtak.

Project Manager
Olivier Dubourdieu

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.

Member Action Groups

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 – Supply Chain Mapping and Workplace Standards, Community Empowerment and Legal Frameworks – and communications initiatives.

Financials

Until 2019, the RMI has been wholly funded by its members.

Revenues in 2018 were €815,625, a more than fourfold increase over 2017 revenues of €195,000.

Dues are assessed based on member organization profile and annual revenues.

Competition Policy

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.