Our Journey
Our Journey
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DPI was born out of an award-winning
innovation process
A short timeline of our origins and history.
Chicago, May 2011
Meeting at the annual gathering for the Kellogg Innovation Network (now The World Innovation Network - TWIN), Mark Cutifani and Peter Bryant germinate the seed for a catalyst to imagine a new operating model for the mining sector.
Brazil, April 2012
Multiple stakeholders gather in Brazil for the KIN Mining Catalyst, facilitated to envision the mining company of the future. The session concludes with participants wanting the mining industry to unequivocally accept the need for a new operating model to ensure long-term success. Curious? Click to read the summary of the original Catalyst
Based on the Brazil session, the Development Partner Working Group convenes several times around the world to discuss ideas on how to move mining towards a more effective model of sustainable development. The first iteration of The Development Partner (DPF) Framework is built.
Work on the Framework continues into 2013. To test and validate The Framework, sustainability leaders at major organizations are consulted.
Chicago, April 2013
The original KIN Catalyst in Brazil is awarded a silver medal in the category of ‚ÄúCollaborative Innovation‚ÄĚ by the prestigious Edison Awards, designed to recognize, honor and foster innovation and innovators creating a positive impact in the world.
September 2013
A Day of Reflection is hosted for more than 20 CEOs and Chairpersons by Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace
UK, October 2014
A similar session is hosted by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and the head of the Methodist Church
New York, December 2014
The Ford Foundation holds an event in New York to formally launch the Development Partner Framework. Over 100 leaders from business, government, investor, academia, civil society, indigenous and community organizations, and media attend
The Vatican, September 2015
A second Day of Reflection is hosted at the Vatican
January 2017
The Development Partner Institute (DPI) is established
South Africa, April 2017
The inaugural Catalyst in Limpopo, South Africa takes place
September 2017
DPI Executive Director Wendy Tyrrell is appointed
DPI Catalysts are launched in Peru and Brazil, and the Beyond the Fence: Diversity and Inclusion in Mining Communities Spark Forum is held in Chicago, USA
July 2019
DPI Director of Programs and Initiatives, Julia Baxter-McGoldrick is appointed
Catalyst Launches take place in Ecuador, Zambia and Australia. DPI hosts the Accelerating Towards a Cleaner Energy Future Spark Forum, in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Institute, as well as the Responsible Sourcing: Mine to Consumer Spark Forum, in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation
February 2020
A Global Mining Research Spark Forum is held at the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town, and the DPF Framework is refreshed for 2020
August 2020
The refreshed Development Partner Framework is launched
April 2021
Zambia dialogues on Collaborative Community Investment
September 2021
The Responsible Sourcing Coalition (RESCO) debuts
January 2022
Head of Programs and Initiatives, Allison George is appointed
May 2022
Mining Innovation and Research Battlefield Pilot
Peru and Australia, June and July 2022
RESCO Regional Dialogues, drawing on learnings from Africa
London, August 2022
RESCO Global Vision 2040 developed, alongside the operationalising of RESCO Program and Project plans for 2023 and 2024. These included the RESCO Hub and Marketplace, addressing structural Inequality across the mining value chain, RESCO Community Collective and RESCO internal and external communication plan
September 2022
Global Responsible Sourcing Vision and Activities created
Zambia, September to November 2022
Zambia Mining and Agriculture Pilot Project Developed with Multistakeholder group
October 2022
Member of the Board of Directors and Non-executive Director, Mark Cutifani is appointed
November 2022
Community Investment
February 2023
Launch of the Mining Innovation and Research Battlefield 2024
June 2023
As part of our 2023 priorities, DPI begins work with General Motors to address structural inequality across the value chain (focused on macro and micro drivers)