HomeUnder Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment …Minerals Security Partnership hide Minerals Security Partnership principles framework Establishing the msp activities projects releases in the media contact us The MSP is a collaboration of 13 countries and the EU to catalyze public and private investment in responsible critical minerals supply chains globally. Minerals are essential to the global economy and to the technologies powering the clean energy transition. Diverse, secure, and sustainable supply chains for critical energy minerals are vital to deploying these technologies at the speed and scale necessary to combat the climate crisis. The Minerals Security Partnership (MSP) aims to accelerate the development of diverse and sustainable critical energy minerals supply chains through working with host governments and industry to facilitate targeted financial and diplomatic support for strategic projects along the value chain. MSP partners include Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Norway, the Republic of Korea, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union (represented by the European Commission). The MSP considers projects along the full clean energy value chain, from mining, extraction, and secondary recovery, to processing and refining, and ultimately to recycling. The MSP focuses on the minerals and metals supply chains most relevant for clean energy technologies. These include – but are not limited to – lithium, cobalt, nickel, manganese, graphite, rare earth elements, and copper. About the MSP Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment Jose W. Fernandez explains the goals of the MSP. Country Partners Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Norway, Sweden, the UK, U.S., and the EU. Principles MSP partners strive to elevate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) standards across the global minerals sector. The MSP commits to support only those projects that meet high, internationally recognized ESG standards, promote local value addition, and uplift communities, in recognition that all countries can benefit from the global clean energy transition. Projects supported by the MSP will adhere to rigorous ESG standards throughout the project lifetime. Further information on the MSP’s principles can be found in the MSP partners’ public statement, “Principles for Responsible Critical Mineral Supply Chains.” Under these basic principles, the MSP will support projects that: Demonstrate responsible stewardship of the natural environment; Engage in consultative and participatory processes regarding land access and acquisition; Commit to meaningful, ongoing consultation with communities; Ensure safe, fair, inclusive, and ethical conditions in the community and the workplace; Provide economic benefit for workers, and local communities; and Ensure transparent, ethical business operations. View the complete MSP statement on Principles for Responsible Critical Minerals Supply Chains. The MSP aims to use partners’ economic and diplomatic engagement and other forms of support to make strategic critical minerals projects more likely to succeed where appropriate for host governments. The MSP commits to consult frequently and transparently with countries that are not MSP partners, particularly those with significant mineral reserves and those that aspire to move up the critical minerals value chain, to evaluate how best to support responsible commercialization of mineral resources. MSP activities will advance the economic objectives of all countries involved. Framework The MSP operates through a collection of project-focused working groups that engage project proponents, evaluate project compatibility with ESG standards and MSP strategic objectives, and assess potential modes of MSP support. MSP partner governments engage across a wide range of agencies and departments, including those responsible for foreign affairs, economy, energy, trade, development finance, and export finance. The MSP is assessing more than a dozen minerals projects around the world, across several commodities and stages of the value chain, including processing and recycling projects. The MSP partner governments may provide financial, diplomatic, or other forms of support. The MSP directly addresses four major critical minerals challenges: Diversifying and stabilizing global supply chains; Investment in those supply chains; Promoting high environmental, social, and governance standards in the mining, processing, and recycling sectors; and Increasing recycling of critical minerals. It will do this by assessing and supporting projects around the world, both in established and emerging clean energy economies both within MSP partners and beyond. “The countries that take decisive action now to create the industries of the future will be the ones that reap the economic benefits of the clean energy boom that’s coming.” — President of the United States, Joseph R. Biden Establishing the MSP MSP Launch – Canada In June 2022, the Minerals Security Partnership (MSP) was officially announced in Toronto, Canada, on the margins of the annual Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) convention, the largest mining event in the world. The United States was joined by Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the European Commission as the founding members of this ambitious new initiative to bolster critical mineral supply chains. Announcement of the Mineral Security Partnership Clean energy is our future, and building the technology will require critical minerals. We’re working to bolster supply chains to ensure a more sustainable future. The newly established Minerals Security Partnership aims to do just that. https://t.co/LYFOapEhbi— Department of State (@StateDept) June 15, 2022 Minerals are essential to the global economy and especially for clean energy tech powering the energy transition. The MSP is committed to building robust, responsible critical mineral supply chains to support economic prosperity and climate objectives: https://t.co/yizK24mY1m. pic.twitter.com/2yRpV3LZWO— Under Secretary Jose W. Fernandez (@State_E) June 14, 2022 MSP Ministerial – New York City In September 2022, the United States, led by Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Export Import Bank of the U.S. (EXIM) Chair and President Reta Jo Lewis, hosted a high-level ministerial event to advance the MSP by convening partners and key minerals-rich countries to discuss priorities, challenges, and opportunities in responsible mining, processing, and recycling of critical minerals. The meeting was held in New York City on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) high-level week. MSP partners participating in the meeting included: Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union. Additional minerals-rich countries in attendance included Argentina, Brazil, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, and Zambia. Minerals Security Partnership Convening Supports Robust Supply Chains for Clean Energy Technologies Secretary Blinken Participates in the Mineral Security Partnership Ministerial in New York City, New York Remarks of Secretary Antony J. Blinken at the Ministerial Meeting of the Minerals Security Partnership Export-Import Bank of the United States President and Chair Lewis Solidifies New Minerals Security Partnership with Secretary of State Blinken, Under Secretary Fernandez Diverse and well-governed critical minerals supply chains are essential to the success of the global clean energy transition. I joined @State_E and @EXIMChair at the Minerals Security Partnership event to discuss diversifying the mining and processing of critical minerals. pic.twitter.com/4bjEMqEawW— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) September 22, 2022 Live now! @SecBlinken participates in the Minerals Security Partnership Ministerial in New York, New York. Also streaming on YouTube at: https://t.co/fFNh1O3oUr. https://t.co/0zQo40AFPa— Department of State (@StateDept) September 22, 2022 Activities Convening on the MSP’s ESG Principles in South Africa In South Africa, on February 7, 2023, the MSP partners agreed on guiding principles for how the MSP will develop projects around the world with local value-add, sustainability, and high environmental, social, and governance (ESG) standards front and center. Under Secretary Jose W. Fernandez met with MSP partners and minerals-rich countries on the margins of the Mining Indaba conference in South Africa to discuss how the MSP can work with African countries and make sure that critical minerals supply chain growth benefits everyone. Non-MSP countries in attendance included Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. MSP Governments Engage with African Countries for Environmental and Social Governance Standards View the complete MSP statement on Principles for Responsible Critical Minerals Supply Chains This week, in South Africa, the U.S. and partners (🇦🇺 🇨🇦 🇫🇮 🇫🇷 🇩🇪 🇯🇵 🇮🇹 🇰🇷 🇳🇴 🇸🇪 🇬🇧 🇪🇺) agreed on guiding principles for how the #MSP will develop projects around the world with local value-add, sustainability, and high #ESG performance—front and center. https://t.co/6NQzOzzDeV— Under Secretary Jose W. Fernandez (@State_E) February 8, 2023 Presentation by Argentina’s Secretary of Mining To advance the goals of the MSP, Under Secretary Jose W. Fernandez convened an online discussion with Argentine Secretary of Mining María Fernanda Ávila, international private sector representatives, and MSP partners to discuss critical minerals opportunities in Argentina. This meeting served to familiarize MSP partners and the private sector with Argentina’s critical minerals sector and projects of potential interest for investment and support. Engagements like this help promote the clean energy transition, further mobilizing resources towards diversifying mineral supply chains and advancing the Biden Administration’s priority of regional collaboration on securing responsible and sustainable minerals. Advancing the Minerals Security Partnership with Argentina and the Private Sector 🇦🇷 Argentina cumple un rol clave a nivel global. Participé de la primera reunión del Mineral Security Partnership, un programa estratégico de alianzas integrado por Estados Unidos, Alemania, Australia, Canadá, Finlandia, Francia, Japón, Reino Unido, Corea del Sur, Suecia y la UE. pic.twitter.com/i0xOISPQTK— Fernanda Ávila (@AvilaFernandaOk) May 11, 2023 Projects The MSP aims to ensure minerals are produced, processed, and recycled in a way that helps countries realize the full economic benefits of their resources. The MSP welcomes the opportunity to work together with resource-rich countries developing their minerals sectors. The MSP considers projects along the full clean energy value chain, from mining, extraction, and secondary recovery, to processing and refining, and ultimately to recycling. The MSP embraces the role of innovation and the principles of sustainability and circular economy and strives to support state-of-the-art projects. The MSP is considering projects around the globe, both within MSP partners’ borders and elsewhere – projects do not have to be located within MSP partners’ jurisdictions to receive MSP support. The MSP commits to support only those projects that meet high, internationally recognized ESG standards, promote local value addition, and uplift communities, in recognition that all countries can benefit from the global clean energy transition. Projects supported by the MSP will adhere to rigorous ESG standards throughout the project lifetime. Further information can be found in the MSP partners’ public statement, “Principles for Responsible Critical Mineral Supply Chains.” The MSP is assessing more than a dozen minerals projects around the world, across several commodities and stages of the value chain, including processing and recycling projects. The MSP partner governments may provide financial, diplomatic, or other forms of support. The MSP is open to receiving information on projects of potential interest to the MSP partner governments. Information on a project in a given country may be shared with the diplomatic missions of MSP partner governments operating in that country. Sharing project information with an MSP partner government for consideration by the MSP does not imply or guarantee that the MSP will provide support for the project. Releases 2023 Highlights of Italy’s Participation in the MSP On July 27, 2023, the White House released a Joint Statement from President Biden and Prime Minister Meloni. White House: Joint Statement from President Biden and Prime Minister Meloni VOA News: Italy Joins US-Led Mineral Security Partnership for Ethical Mining India Announces Participation in the MSP On June 22, 2023, the White House released a Joint Statement from the United States and India. White House: Joint Statement from the United States and India By joining the Mineral Security Partnership (#MSP), 🇮🇳 #India becomes part of a group with goals to exchange information on critical mineral sector opportunities. 👉 https://t.co/RgeCSsztV0 https://t.co/oMKeLUCvit— Under Secretary Jose W. Fernandez (@State_E) June 24, 2023 MSP Principles for Responsible Critical Mineral Supply Chains On February 7, 2023, partner countries released a statement of principles for developing critical mineral supply chains that adhere to high environmental, social, and governance standards. View or download MSP Principles for Responsible Critical Mineral Supply Chains . 2022 Ministerial to advance the MSP On September 22, 2022, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Export Import Bank of the U.S. (EXIM) Chair and President Reta Jo Lewis hosted a high-level ministerial event to advance the MSP. Minerals Security Partnership Convening Supports Robust Supply Chains for Clean Energy Technologies Initial Announcement of the MSP In June 2022, Under Secretary Jose W. Fernandez and twelve partner countries announced the MSP in Toronto, Canada. Minerals Security Partnership In the Media Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS): “A U.S. Mineral Strategy for Global Energy Transition” Under Secretary Jose W. Fernandez provided a keynote address on MSP at CSIS. 2023 SAFE Summit: “A Pathway to Electrification from Minerals to Market” Under Secretary Jose W. Fernandez participated in a fireside chat session on the MSP with Ana Swanson from the New York Times. Just had a great chat on Administration priorities at #SAFESummit2023 with @AnaSwanson.To succeed in our climate and energy ambitions, we need diversified, secure and transparent #supplychains and a race to the top on #ESG standards —@StateDept’s #MSP👉https://t.co/yizK24mY1m pic.twitter.com/C8DcDVA1qO— Under Secretary Jose W. Fernandez (@State_E) March 28, 2023 Wonderful to talk with @AnaSwanson at the @Securing_Energy #SAFESummit2023 about how we’re working with international partners to expand sustainable, resilient critical mineral #supplychains and bring strategic projects to fruition. →https://t.co/IJ7jN1Nnt1 pic.twitter.com/wCE9W3qGWE— Under Secretary Jose W. Fernandez (@State_E) March 28, 2023 “CERAWeek 2023” Under Secretary Jose W. Fernandez participates in a keynote panel for CERAWeek in Houston, Texas. Under Secretary Fernandez’s Travel to Houston for CERAWeek .@State_E is on travel to Houston from March 6-7 for #CERAWeek 2023 to engage local stakeholders and foreign governments on global issues, including critical minerals, energy security, the clean energy transition, and support for Ukraine. https://t.co/cTdIflbC0P— Department of State (@StateDept) March 7, 2023 “2023 Mining Indaba Conference” On February 5, 2023, Under Secretary Fernandez gave a keynote address at the Investing in Africa Mining Indaba — Africa’s largest mining investment conference. He focused on the importance of U.S. support and investment in developing and securing more resilient and sustainable critical mineral supply chains. Keynote Remarks by Under Secretary Fernandez at Africa’s Mining Indaba Jose W. Fernandez focused on the importance of U.S. support and investment in developing and securing more resilient and sustainable critical mineral supply chains. Bolstering key supply chains, particularly the critical minerals vital to a clean energy transition. pic.twitter.com/NEDPGLBYvt— Mining Indaba (@MiningIndaba) February 6, 2023 I was honored to speak at @MiningIndaba today to discuss the importance of mining stakeholders securing #criticalmineral supply chains in Africa, which will be essential for a global transition to #cleanenergy technologies.🎙️ https://t.co/4uwoWBL8N7#MI2023 #MI23 #AFHubPress pic.twitter.com/2QfNVLIcMT— Under Secretary Jose W. Fernandez (@State_E) February 6, 2023 Under Secretary Fernandez outlines US policy engagement and investment priorities to support the energy transition in Africa @MiningIndaba @USStateDepartm2 @EITIorg @HelenClarkNZ pic.twitter.com/A9CvmDl1Fz— Mark Robinson (@Mark_EITI) May 10, 2022 Contact Us For questions about MSP, send a message to: ENR-PD-Clearances@state.gov. For media inquiries, please contact: E_Communications@state.gov. Stay updated by following the hashtag: #MSP.